Robert Reuben Korpi, 78, longtime resident of Jaffrey, died at his home after a period of declining health on Aug. 15, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on March 15, 1940, in Peterborough to the late Reuben and Sara (McGrath) Korpi.
Raised in Dublin, Bob graduated from Conant High School in Jaffrey, class of 1960. After high school, Bob served his country in the Army National Guard, for which he was very proud. He owned and operated many businesses over his lifetime, including: Jaffrey Mobil, DanDee Snowmobile Ranch, Keene Chrysler Plymouth (with his brother Len), Atlas Display Fireworks, Rokon and Valley Chevrolet, just to name a few.
He married Bette Ann Stewart on July 22, 1961, and they raised their family in Jaffrey.
Bob led an active life; he enjoyed golfing, hunting, deep sea fishing, snowmobiling, and taking long drives trying to get lost. For more than the last 25 years, Bob’s passion was focused on dedicating his life to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He traveled to India on numerous occasions to complete missionary work; these trips brought much peace to Bob in knowing he was helping others in need. Bob and Bette enjoyed their travels around the world. Heritage being of importance, Bob traveled with family, including his father, to Finland to find family members and the town of Korpi, something that was also very special for him.
In addition to his parents, Bob was pre-deceased by his son, Daniel Robert Korpi, in 2002.
Survivors include his dedicated, loving wife, Bette Korpi, of Jaffrey, his daughter and son-in-law, Dee and Jeff Burns, of Rindge, and daughter Jennifer Shay of Jaffrey. Also, his sister, Katherine “Kitty” Korpi of Peterborough, and his brothers, Leonard of Dublin, James of Cascade, Mont., Ralph of Dublin and Steven Korpi of Casco, Maine; his grandchildren, Sarah and Jules Bergeron, Emily Pelkey (Nate Robarge) and Hannah Pelkey (Randy Gaspar) all of Jaffrey, Haley Shay (Jamie Martin) of Hillsborough and Nate Shay of Jaffrey; two great grandchildren, Lola and Carter Bergeron; and close family friends Stephen and Barbara Pelkey, as well as Mike Shay, who have been there to support him and the family.
Calling hours are Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 33 River St., Jaffrey. A service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. in the Jaffrey Bible Church, 133 Turnpike Road, Jaffrey.
Burial will follow in the family plot in Conant Cemetery in Jaffrey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to the Jaffrey Bible Church or to Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services of Keene.
To share memories or photographs with Bob’s family, please visit his permanent online memorial page at www.cournoyerfh.com