Robert E. "Bob" Mortensen, 90, took his last flight up to the angels Thursday, July 18, 2013 following a long and amazing life lived well.
Bob was born in Watseka, Ill. on Nov. 17, 1922 the only child of Mabel C. (Webster) and Urain (Bud) Mortensen.
He lived an interesting life growing up in Illinois, working on the family farm, working in town selling shoes, working in a pharmacy, and as a soda jerk. He joined the Navy in 1951 leaving Eureka College to become a Navy carrier pilot. He participated in World War II and Korea and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. He received the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Badge. He participated in National Defense Service and the United Nations Service.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy he and his wife owned and operated the Seaward Bound Motel in West Yarmouth, Mass. for 10-plus years. He also designed and built homes, worked as a real estate agent, and worked for the Navy at Race Point Provincetown, Mass. as a computer programmer. He worked in New London, Conn. for the navy as a civilian and then went to work at the Natick Army Labs in the division that developed and tested the field kitchens and foods for our troops that are stationed around the world.
He participated in the summer War Games in Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., and the winter War Games in Tromso, Norway testing the foods/kitchens that he helped design and build. Retiring to Lake Placid in 1988 he still did not rest and worked as a custodian for the Saranac Lake School System and at Aubachon in Lake Placid.
Bob loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed going to the family summer camp in Maine and enjoying Lobster and clams. Highlights for him in the last 10 years of his life included cocktails with his son every evening, living at the Greenwood, socializing with his friends and his 90th surprise birthday party.
He is survived by his children and their spouses: daughter Robin and Mike Miller, son Donald and Paige Mortensen, all of Lake Placid; grandchildren: Krissa Miller of Salt Lake City, Utah, Donald R. Mortensen of Boulder, Colo., Karli Miller of Lake Placid, and Dale Mortensen of Saranac Lake; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a great-great niece, all from the New England area.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, loving wife Ruth and sons Robert Jr. and Lawrence (Sandy).
A celebration of Bob's life will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at the Greenwood Community Room 89 Greenwood St., Lake Placid. Please come and share your favorite memories with all of us.
With great appreciation we would like to thank the medical community including the following: Dr. Tony Waickman, Dr. Richard Handler, and Dr. Irwin Lieb, Dr. Steven Emmons, Dr. Adam Abodeely, Dr. Mandeep Saluja, Dr. Kathleen O'Connell, Patty Allott, Alicia Bates, the staff at Oncology AMC-Saranac Lake, the wonderful third floor nurses AMC-Saranac Lake, the ER staff at Lake Placid AMC and Saranac Lake AMC, the nurses and staff in the OR and the Endoscopy Unit, the Rehab nurses and staff at Uihlein, the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake Rescue Squads, and last but not least, the special people that work for High Peaks Hospice.
We would also like to offer our sincere gratitude to his wonderful friends at The Greenwood, whom we truly believe helped him live to his 90 years. A very special thank you to Mary, Bud and Joan.
You all, in many different ways, have helped keep my dad around for us all to enjoy many years of wonderful stories and lessons that only someone of my dad's caliber could impart to us all.
The M.B. Clark, Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements.
Relatives and friends are invited to "light a candle" and share a memory, thought and prayer at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.