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Robert W. Glein

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Robert W. Glein M.D. Robert W. Glein, 88, long time family doctor and resident of Marysville, Washington, passed away at home on December 14, 2013 after suffering three major health events this year. Bob was born to Henry and Elsie Glein on July 17, 1925 in Pomona, California, joining older sister, Esther. The family was complete soon thereafter when sister, Josephine, and brother, Richard were born. After relocating numerous times and attending a different school each year, Bob attended Anacortes High School in 1942 and met his lifelong friend Cam. They were best friends until Cams death in 2000, owning property together and enjoying many years of family vacations and poker parties. Bob was commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in 1945 and was stateside for the two years he was in the service. In 1946, Bob met the love of his life, Pat, at the University of Washington, and they were married in 1948. The following year Bob graduated from the UW in chemistry and the two headed to Saint Louis University where Bob graduated from medical school in 1953. Those four years were a struggle and left an indelible mark on them, one they often reminisced about. After internship and a surgery residency in the Bay Area where their first child, Randy, was born, Bob and Pat settled in Marysville and Bob practiced medicine for almost 40 years. Four years later with three more children, Sharon, Judy and Keith, Bob made his final move in 1959 to the home and property he and Pat so loved, where they lived until his death. Shortly after this move their last child, Susie, was born. The things Bob loved most in life were his family and friends, his medical practice, "the island" he owned with Cam, his vast rhododendron collection of over a 1,000 species, and skiing. In retirement he and Pat traveled in their truck and camper throughout Alaska, Canada, the continental US and Mexico, cruised to Alaska in a boat caravan, and had many international travel adventures in Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Bob is dearly loved and will be forever missed by his family and friends. In addition to his five children and their spouses, he is survived by eight grandchildren, Chris, Natasha, Shelby, Michael, Sara, Wendy, Jay and Annie; and great granddaughter, Sabrina. A celebration of his life will be held at the Marysville United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St NE, Marysville 98270, on Friday, December 20 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Saint Louis University, DuBourg Hall, Room 319, 1 North Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103, attention Medical School Annual Fund #10438. A special thanks to Doctor Phil Smith, the doctors and nurses at Providence Medical Center Colby who provided loving and high quality care to Bob this year, you're top notch.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2013
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