April 11, 1914-Aug. 18, 2004
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Floyd J. Hobbs, a resident of Hermiston died on Sunday August 18 at the age of 90.
He was born on April 11, 1914 in North Powder, Ore., to parents Frank and Georgia Knowlton Hobbs. Floyd was one of six children, three brothers, Raymond, Kenneth and Eldon, and two sisters, Alene and Leora. He lived most of his younger years in the North Powder area, working for the farmers on the local ranches. He moved to the Hermiston area to help build the Umatilla Army Depot.
On August 11, 1941, he married Bessie Dexter in Weiser, Idaho. They had five sons, and one daughter. Floyd returned to work for the Umatilla Army Depot until he retired in 1972. After a brief illness, Bessie died in July 1959.
On March 14, 1962, Floyd married Gladys Hughs, a school teacher of Irrigon. They added two daughters to the family.
Floyd was active in sports during his high school years, playing football and basketball. He continued his interest in sports as the children participated during their school years.
In recent years, Floyd has been very active in the Stokes Landing Senior Center Rest Area project, making sure the trailer that was used for the project was well stocked and ready.
Floyd continued his interest in sports during his retirement through the media. He seldom missed a Mariner or Blazer game and enjoyed watching football, golf, car races, etc. He was really looking forward to seeing the Olympics.
In April, 2004 he was surprised for his 90th birthday with a party from family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Hobbs of Irrigon; sons, Daryl and wife Ginny of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lynn and wife Cheryl of Irrigon, Allyn and wife Glenda of Shoshone, Idaho, and Byron and wife Terri of Portland; daughters, Vicky Mesteth and husband Vern of Umatilla, Jul Hobbs of Irrigon, and Becky Hobbs of Canby; sister, Leora Nice and husband Paul of La Grande; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in Death by his parents, Frank and Georgia; his wife Bessie; his three brothers, Raymond, Kenneth and Eldon; a sister, Alene and a son Lyle.
Donations may be made to Stokes Landing Senior Center, P.O. Box 614, Irrigon, 97844.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 21 at 10 a.m. at the Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston.
Burial will follow at the Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Irrigon. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.
The Hermiston Herald, August 20, 2004, Friday Edition