Robert Thomas Shoun, 68, passed away Dec. 29 in Bend. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Prairie City Cemetery.
Shoun was born in Prairie City on Feb. 28, 1949, to Georgia Rose (Martin) Shoun and Howard Shoun. He grew up in Prairie City with his four siblings, Mike Busby, Mary (Busby) Hancock, Richard Shoun and Daniel Shoun. He is a graduate of Prairie City High School, where he excelled in track and field. One of his favorite activities was going camping and exploring the mountains around Prairie City with his family and his grandparents.
Shoun served in the Army as a radio operator and chauffeur from June 1981 to June 1985. During part of his service, he was stationed in Turkey where he spent time at the local university helping students learn English, and he was well-liked by his students. After his time in the Army, he lived in Scappoose, and he worked a variety of jobs, the last one being in security. His diagnosis of MS in 2004 ended his working career. He lived with his sister Mary in Woodburn and then in Tigard from 2005 to 2014 and moved back to Bend in 2014.
Along with enjoying the outdoors in Eastern Oregon, Shoun also enjoyed square dancing, playing pool and going on walks, even as his MS advanced. He made friends easily, and often people would comment on what a kind man he was. He laughed easily, loved to make others laugh with a funny and engaging story. He was a lottery winner and loved driving his new red Toyota truck that he purchased with his winnings. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Shoun was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He is survived by his two children, Paul Shoun and Kristen (Aaron) Malinowski; nine grandchildren; two great-grandsons; four siblings; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was so proud of his family and would show any visitors pictures of his family and especially his great-grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Charles Hospital Hospice of Bend. To leave a condolence for the family, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.