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Robert Arthur Middleton – October 21, 2018

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Robert Arthur Middleton

Robert Arthur Middleton passed away on Sunday, October 21 in the arms of his family.

He was born with his twin sister Lois, in Delleker, California, August 14, 1927, to John William Middleton and Jennie Clara LeMay. He was the 5th of six children.

The family lived in Portola, California, later moving to Janesville. His two older brothers died in 1929, and his father passed away when he was 11 years old, in the midst of the Great Depression. The family moved to Woodland, where he attended school, working two newspaper delivery routes each day to help with finances. He served in the US Navy in World War II and was again called to service in the Army in Korea.

After Korea, he moved to Susanville, where he met Virginia Langley. The two fell in love and married in 1953.  Attending Lassen College and later Chico State, he became a teacher: his lifelong passion. He taught History, Geography, Anthropology and Archaeology at Lassen High School, and later at Lassen Community College. In those years he touched hundreds of young minds: each one was special to him. His students remember him for his kindness.

He was a longtime active member of the community, serving his church as deacon, and the city of Susanville on the City Council. Bob was a staunch advocate for the Lassen County Free Library, and was a member of the Lassen County Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia, four children, Michael Robert (Hillene Fleurke), John William (Marjorie Chan), James Arthur (Tracy Austin), and Lisa Virginia (Dale Porter), and nine grandchildren, all of whom had a special relationship with him. He loved his family deeply, tenderly, and unconditionally. This love was cherished and returned

Bob’s memorial service will be held Saturday, November 10, at 1:30 in the afternoon at Community Church, 1400 Numa Rd, Susanville, CA 96130. A private interment, attended by close family, will precede the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Robert Middleton Memorial Scholarship fund at Lassen Community College. Go to http://www.lassencollege.edu/support-lcc/Pages/default.aspx. Donations can be made via check or PayPal: Please specify Robert Middleton Memorial Scholarship on the order form. Checks can be mailed to:

Lassen College Foundation
P.O. Box 3000
Susanville, CA 96130.


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14 Responses to Robert Arthur Middleton – October 21, 2018

  1. Gretchen Hayhurst

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 7:28 am

    I remember him well

  2. Kay Calac

    Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    He was Donald teacher. A very nice man.

  3. Sharon Schuster

    Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    He was such a nice man. RIP Robert

  4. Lana Strahan

    Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    We rented his little cottage behind his house in 1966 as a newlywed couple. He was a wonderful landlord and an amazing person. 💙

  5. Ben Pavan

    Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Praying for his family and friends.

  6. Leslie Norvell

    Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Denise Anderson

  7. Leslie Norvell

    Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    He was one of the nicest teachers I ever had.

    • Denise Anderson

      Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 7:24 am

      Yes he was a really great teacher!

    • Denise Anderson

      Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 7:25 am

      He was also my drivers education teacher & I have only had 1 ticket in my whole long life❣️

    • Leslie Norvell

      Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 7:55 am

      When I wasn’t able to get to school for awhile, he came to my home and tutored me.

  8. Sandra Mills

    Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Truly an angel on earth.

  9. Patrick Holley

    Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 10:25 am

    He was a wonderful man. I knew him as he and Virginia were my neighbors on 4th Street. He always had time to talk with us and was very well read and informed always positive. A Good man.

  10. Ted Maurino

    Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I don’t remember the influence of all my teachers. But I do for Mr. Middleton. One of the best.

    • Linda Crabbe Musicc

      Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 9:33 am

      I agree Ted. I was fortunate to get to know Bob as an adult and he was always kind, sweet & interested.

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