Robert Maxwell Oates (1932-2012), 79, passed away Nov. 20, 2012, in Chiloquin, OR . He was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Gage, OK. He moved to Oregon when he was very young and primarily raised in Chiloquin, where he was educated, before serving in the Navy. Robert married Emmaline P. Oates on Jan. 19, 1955, in Kona, Hawaii. His employment included Frosty Freid, Johns Manville, DG Shelter, a restaurant business and Enterprise Rental Car.
In the 1960’s, he worked with youth through a Little League baseball team which stayed undefeated. Later, throughout the years, he became a 4-H leader in clubs that earned numerous awards in the county fair.
Community involvement was very important to him. For instance, he was involved with the Jaycees during the early 1960’s to help promote the All-Indian Basketball Tournaments, the Fourth of July Raft Race and the downtown Christmas tree lighting in Chiloquin. Robert was a member of the Klamath County Fair Board and helped promote the John Hancock Event Center in Klamath Falls. He was also a member of the Jaycees, Masons and Shriners.
He loved to go hunting and fishing and enjoyed all sports activities, especially the Oregon Institute of Technology girls and boys basketball teams by attending as many of their games as possible. However, the most important games to attend were those in which his grandkids participated.
Robert also loved to travel and see new places and spend time talking shop and telling stories with his friends and family. Spending time with his family was always the highlight of his days.
Survivors include his wife Emmaline P. Oates of Chiloquin; daughter AnnaMarie K Oates of Klamath Falls; son and daughter-in-law Robert M. Oates Jr. and Tammy Oates of Chiloquin; granddaughter Jessie Marie Oates; grandson Darrell John Oates; son and daughter-in-law Jeffery D. Oates and Randi Oates of Klamath Falls; grandsons Sterling B. Oates and Colton M. Oates; sister Nita (Oates) Sauve of Walnut Creek, CA, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father William T. Oates, mother Mary Marie (Crowder) Oates, brother Jerrold Ray Oates, and lot of other family members and close friends.
His final resting place is in Kona and he was honored with a private family service at the Helani Church.
Memorial donations can be made to shriners Hospitals For Children