Robert "Bob" Welch Huffhines Jr., 69, of Longview passed away March 20, 2012, at the Veterans Retsil Home in Port Orchard, Wash.
He was born Feb. 1, 1943, in Dallas, Texas, to Robert Sr. and Jana (Conrad) Huffhines. The family lived in Dallas until Bob was 5 years old, then moved to Longview.
Bob graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1961 with a 4.0 GPA. He was West Point appointed and graduated from there in 1965. He then went to Harvard Law School on a scholarship. He graduated from Harvard in 1968 at the top of his class, achieving a 4.0 GPA.
He served in the Air Force from 1968 to 1971, where he was a Judge Advocate officer and was discharged with the rank of captain. From 1973 to 1979 he practiced in Boston. He returned to the Longview-Kelso area, where he practiced law for more than 30 years.
He was eccentric, gifted, free and brilliant. He had a compartmentalized mind and was able to memorize his files.
Bob was accomplished in music, writing hundreds of songs and having many of them published. He played guitar and had a repertoire of 800 or more songs.
He was a member of the Legal Bar Association of California, the Legal Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Legal Bar Association of Washington. He did a great amount of pro bono (free) work.
Bob was a member of the Kelso and Longview Kiwanis clubs. He played clarinet with the Lower Columbia Symphonic Band for 30 years.
A people person, Bob loved people. His slogan was "The people first."
Bob and Dolores Erickson Huffhines were together for 35 years.
Bob is also survived by a sister, Gretchen Klungness in Hawaii; a nephew, Cameron Peer of Portland; and various uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Longview Community Church. John Williams will serve as officiant. West Point military honors will take place during the service. Columbia Funeral Service is in charge.
Dolores would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and care workers with love.
Bob was happy and humble.