Nov. 11, 1919 - Sept. 9, 2011
James R. "Bob" McAuslan of Walla Walla, passed away Sept. 9, 2011, at the age of 91 years. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday,
Sept. 13, 2011, at 11 a.m., at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of James R. McAuslan to the 41st Infantry Division of the National Guard Historical Outreach Foundation in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
James Robert McAuslan was born on Nov. 11, 1919, the son of James E. and Helen J. (Edwards) McAuslan in Milton. At an early age his family moved to McMinnville, Ore., where he graduated from high school. At age 17, he enlisted in the National Guard and later served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Philippines, New Guinea and Australia. Bob was honorably discharged in 1945. On July 14, 1946, he married Muriel J. Casteel and she later preceded him in death. Bob continued his service by re-enlisting in the National Guard and received the rank of captain. On March 7, 1970, he married Elizabeth J. Spiekerman and the marriage later ended in divorce. Bob retired from the National Guard on Nov. 11, 1979, and in 1985 he married Eleanor Lindberg and she preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 2009. Bob was co-owner of the Pendleton Auto Parts Store and the Eastside Auto Parts Store in Hermiston. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, racing
cars and spending time in the mountains.
Survivors include his children, Jan Hansen of Walla Walla, Peg Self of Kennewick, Jeannie Kopp of Kennewick and Bonnie Sager of Pilot Rock, Ore.; grandchildren, Shelley Miller, Kelly Heriza, Jodi Bettineski, Jennifer Bradie, Elena Escalante, Liliana Guifarro, Tyler McPherson, Ryan McPherson, Eric Kopp and Kyle Kopp; 14 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. His parents; wives; a sister, Dorothy McAuslan; and a grandson, Patrick Kopp, all preceded him in death.