Robert Cuffel Demonstrates His Gratitude with Bequest
Robert Cuffel experienced a lot of ups and downs in his 92 years of life. He spent his formative years in Medford and married a nice girl he met at the First United Methodist Church in Ashland. Then, after serving in the Air Force during World War II, he built a successful career with Standard Oil (now Chevron) as a fuel and lubricating engineer. The job took Bob and his family to Nevada, Utah, Washington, California and even Belgium, where he helped multi-cultural teams of engineers fix everything from printing presses to jet engines.
Upon retirement in 1977, Bob and his wife Lorraine came back to Ashland and built their dream home. But health problems soon set in. Bob suffered his first heart attack at the age of 65, and so began a series of visits to Ashland Community Hospital.
“Whether it involved an overnight stay or lab work or a trip to the Emergency Department, it seemed like he was at the Hospital an awful lot,” reports his daughter, Susan Lyons. “But every time Dad was there, everybody was just wonderful and he received excellent care. He never had a bad experience.” “Dad had so much respect for the people at Ashland Community Hospital,” says son Don Cuffel. “So when he wrote his will, he wanted to show his appreciation for the quality of care he had received there and for the close proximity of that care.”
As a result, when Bob died in January 2011, the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation was notified that he had left the Hospital a generous bequest. “The Rogue Valley has a lot of healthcare facilities,” says Don, “but Dad had a great affinity for his local hospital. He felt secure there, and he trusted them to provide the best care.”
“I can’t tell you how many doctors and nurses commented on what a nice person Dad was,” says Susan. “He was the dearest man, and I’m not just saying that because he was my dad. All his life, he was there whenever anyone needed him. And he was so grateful that the Hospital was there when he needed them.”
Leaving a bequest to Ashland Community Hospital Foundation can have a lasting impact on the care and services we offer to this community. If you and your family have experienced this quality care and would like to know more about including the Hospital in your will or other estate plans, please contact Janet Troy at (541) 201-4014.