Henry ‘Hank' Daniel Jobe

STEVENSVILLE - Henry “Hank” Daniel Jobe, 65, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, following a tragic automobile accident.

He was born Oct. 25, 1941, in Hamilton, the youngest of 16 brothers and sisters. He was the son of Frank and Elizabeth Jobe of Hamilton and Corvallis. He attended Corvallis and Hamilton schools before marrying his high school sweetheart, Leona Garfield, Dec. 27, 1961. Shortly thereafter he joined the U.S. Army and honorably served until his discharge in 1965.

He found a job and a career at Missoula Cartage, where he drove semis for nearly 40 years, until the time of his death.

Hank was a caring, hardworking and generous man who loved his wife and daughters, adored his grandchildren and cherished his friends.

A complex man with simple tastes, he was as generous with his heart as he was with his cooking, candy making and time. Often referred to as the Bitterroot Teddy Bear, he was easily recognized on the highway by the waving teddy bear on the windshield of his semi.

He enjoyed hunting, gardening and the life he built in the Bitterroot Valley. He was a man of honor and integrity who loved life. His was a life well lived.

Hank valued hard work, ingenuity, honesty and honest laughter. He was an immense presence in the lives of his family and friends and leaves an immeasurable void as well as an enduring legacy.

Hank is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Elizabeth; daughter Rosalind; grandson Alex; brother Joseph; and sister Pauline.

He is survived by his wife, Leona; daughters Penny and Janine; grandchildren Marvin, Travis and Nicole; sisters Julia Dupuis, Peggy Kuhn, Marion Phau, Rosella Jobe, Johanna (Dee) McKinney, Florentina (Augie) Costanzo, Frances McLean, Isabelle Moerkerke and Elizabeth Paddock; brothers George Jobe and Vince Jobe; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by an extended family on Leona's side.

In accordance with Hank's wishes, his remains were cremated and no services are planned. There will be a gathering of his friends at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Bum Steer in Florence.