Grave marker for Robert O. Arpke
Robert O. Arpke died at age 26 following a long battle with severe stomach issues. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on June 21, 1915, in the Daily Gazette-Times (Corvallis), Page 1, Column 2.


A universal wave of sorrow swept Corvallis Sunday morning when the news spread that Robert O. Arpke had passed away at the Corvallis hospital shortly after nine o’clock the evening before. Stricken with severe stomach trouble while apparently in better health than had been his lot in recent weeks, he survived but a short time. Mr. Arpke had undergone three operations and for the past year had suffered severely at times, until death brought relief to the weary body and mind.

Robert Olivian Arpke was born at Harbine, Nebraska, August 27, 1888, and when summoned away was aged 26 years, 9 months and 22 days. At the age of 15 years he removed with his parents to Oregon, and with the exception of two years has resided continuously at Philomath and Corvallis. He received much of his education, his business training and his first experience at Philomath. In June, 1912, he entered the employ of the First National Bank of Corvallis as paying teller, with which institution he was connected until his last illness. On June 7, 1911, Mr. Arpke was united in marriage to Nellie May Dann, and to this union was born a daughter, Margaret Lucile. These survive, together with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Arpke, of Philomath, and two brothers, Calvin, an instructor in the Polk county schools, and Victor, an employee of First National Bank. When 14 years of age Mr. Arpke united with the U.B. church and was a member of that organization until November, 1914, when he united with the Congregational church of Corvallis. He was aggressive, of a happy disposition estimable, a noble character beloved by all who called him friend, and hundreds sincerely mourn his demise.

Funeral services were held from Bovee’s undertaking parlors at 3 o’clock this afternoon. Rev. Edwin T. Sherman spoke of the beautiful short life lived by Mr. Arpke and comforted the bereaved ones in the hope of reunion beyond. A male quartette composed of Philomath friends of the deceased sang at the service. The remains were then conveyed to Newton cemetery and laid to rest under a mound of beautiful blossoms. To those who so deeply mourn the loss of a beloved husband, son and brother, the sincere sympathy of all Corvallis is extended.