Robert Steven St. Clair passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020, of natural causes, peacefully and surrounded by family at Lake District Hospital in Lakeview Oregon. Steve, as he preferred to be called, was born in Inglewood, California on May 6, 1953, to Robert Glen St. Clair and Helen Marguerite St. Clair, nee Burbage. He was the third of three children born to the couple - all boys. The family moved to Redding California in the late 1950's and Steve attended schools in the Redding area up to his AA degree from Shasta College. After college Steve served a German-speaking mission in West Germany for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Following his mission, he enlisted with the United States Air Force and was sent to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey California. He married Janet Marie Roselle on April 11, 1981, in Redding California. The new couple had their only child, a son named Robert Evan St. Clair, while they were stationed in West Berlin, Germany. Steve was assigned to the 6912th Electronic Security Group and his main job was to monitor East German radio broadcasts during the period when East and West Germany were still divided. Steve comes from a family with a tradition of military service as his father, and both brothers are veterans.
In addition to his Air Force career, at various times Steve worked for the California Department of Forestry as a firefighter, was a small business owner in Hyde Park, Utah, and for the last decade of his work life, he operated as an independent contractor for the U.S. Postal Service. He delivered the mail between Lakeview and Silver Lake - 200 miles, six days a week, rain, snow, or shine. However, his greatest joys were found in his personal life. His parents taught him the joys of camping and fishing at an early age and he loved it his whole life, always peering over maps and planning his next trip. As a young man, his outdoor activities branched out to include backpacking and long-distance cycling. Steve was a cub scout and boy scout and continued as a long-time adult volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. He especially enjoyed passing his love of the outdoors on to his son Robert and other young men. Steve was an avid reader of a broad range of subjects and could converse on many topics. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while a senior in high school and was a committed disciple of Jesus Christ to the end. Steve and Janet and their son Robert were sealed as an eternal family on their fifth anniversary in the temple in Logan Utah. One of his recent joys was to see his son Robert married to Jessica McCord last May (2020) in Lakeview. Most of all, he loved his wife Janet and his son Robert with all his heart and took great comfort from their presence at the end, as Janet takes comfort in the fact they will be together forever.
His funeral was held on Friday, November 13th at 10 am in the chapel in Lakeview where he'd attended church for the last 27 years. Steve will be interred at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, as his mother and father were before him. He is survived by his wife Janet, his son Robert and wife Jessica, and his two brothers and their spouses; Rich (Lori) St. Clair of Ridgecrest California, and Russ (Judy) St. Clair of Mc Farland Wisconsin. Donations should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. He is greatly loved by family and long-time friends and will be dearly missed.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is overseeing the arrangements. Condolences may be expresses or the guest book signed online at www.desertrosefuneralchapel.com
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