Robert L Simonson

Vancouver, Washington

August 2, 2014

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
70 Air Force TSgt (Ret)


 Served 21 years before retiring.

Robert L. "Bear" Simonson, 79, passed away on Aug. 2, 2014 at his home in Vancouver, WA, surrounded by family. He was born in Bellingham, WA.
Bear was in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years before retiring in Vancouver in 1974. 
He was a teamster for 10 years and also the owner of Bears Bike Barn. 
Bear is survived by his wife, Shar, of 57 years; sons, Denny and Terry; and daughter, Tamera. 
Funeral services will be on Mon., Aug. 11 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at 10:00 a.m., with a military service at Willamette National Cemetery at 12:30.

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Memorial Service For Robert L Simonson - Photos by Q Madp -

August 11, 2014

Motorcycle Tribute

Bob spent 21 years in the Air Force retiring as a Tech Sergeant. He spent a year in Thailand supporting the air war in Vietnam. While in the Air Force, Bob built a show bike called "Honolulu Harley." It was the first ever show bike with a totally engraved engine and transmission, with many trophies to show for it. After he retired from the Air Force, he moved to Vancouver and drove truck for a while. In 1981, Bob opened Bear's Bike Barn in his garage, specializing in Harley Davidson parts and accessories, particularly shovel heads. He had the shop for over 30 years until his declining health took him away from it. 

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