Robert "Bob" E. Kuehnoel|
1925 ~ 2013
Born to Otto and Agnes Kuehnoel on Sept. 5, 1925 in Bellingham WA. Bob attended Franklin High School in Seattle while working and living in the family's Triple X Root Beer restaurant, known to locals as "The Barrel". Joining the U.S Navy in 1943 he was a medical corpsman stationed in San Francisco. After the war Bob attended the University of Washington, where he was an English major, and joined the Theta Chi Fraternity. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Barbara Jean Henricksen. They were married in 1949 and remained best friends for nearly 60 years until Barbara's passing in 2009. Together they raised a family, hiked, skied, collected art and played tennis at the Seattle Tennis Club. After successfully building the family restaurant into a thriving fine dining establishment he sold the business and began his next career managing office buildings in downtown Seattle, including the Fourth and Pike Building. Bob will be best remembered for his abiding tenderness towards animals, particularly cats. On his mini-farm in Woodinville he raised sheep, ducks and bantam chickens until moving to Bainbridge Island in 1985. He was always the friendly neighbor eager to lend a hand or do a favor, possessed of a quirky sense of humor, he delighted in mischievous pranks. Bob is survived by: his children Gregory Kuehnoel and life partner Evaughn Flaming and Dawnell (Kuehnoel) D'Angelo, her husband Anthony D'Angelo and grandchildren Christopher, Daniel and Alexander D'Angelo and Bob's brother Jerry Kuehnoel and his family. Although dementia gradually claimed his memory, it never stole his dignity or generous spirit. Bob passed away peacefully on Friday, August 16th at Swedish Hospital in Issaquah surrounded by his family. He was 87. Remembrances to PAWS.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 15, 2013