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Robert H. Painter ( Cave Junction 1944 )

posted: Apr 13, 2015

Bob passed away on January 28, 2015, in Grant Michigan at the age of 93. He grew up in New England and after graduating from Earlham College in Richmond, IN, he was drafted into the Civilian Public Service as a Conscientious Objector during WWII.

After smokejumper training in Missoula, he joined the jumpers at Cave Junction where he chalked up 15 jumps, the most memorable being north of Lake Chelan, WA. Bob returned and jumped the 1945 season at McCall.

After discharge in 1946, he completed Medical School in Philadelphia. He practiced general medicine until 1987 in several rural towns in Michigan. In addition to his medical practice, he served on the town council, as a Trustee at the local Community College.