Though his birth certificate says he was "born dead," Robert Jay Cloud began life in Montesano, Washington April 16, 1919; he was gathered into the arms of his Lord on January 5, 2016. Bob Cloud has reunited with his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Bell Cloud, siblings Henry Cloud and Betty Leslie, granddaughter Tonya Fallstick Miller, son-in-law Charles Smith. He is survived by sister Barbara Jacobsen, daughters Dorthann and Amy of Bellingham, and Melanie and Janine of Port Angeles and granddaughter Kiley. A member of the Greatest Generation, Bob Cloud started working for pay at 12 as a "printer's devil," survived the Great Depression, graduated as Salutorian from Elma High in 1936, and served the duration of WWII in the Asian theatre with the 419th Signal Corps, then attended Carnegie-Mellon University on the G-I Bill. After a stint in New York City, where he helped restore Photogravure and Color to solvency, Bob came home to marry the woman to whom his best friend had introduced him. A lifelong, third-generation printer, Bob brought his bride to Bellingham where he began two journeys. At Western Washington State College he developed the campus print shop and reported directly to college president "Red" Jarratt. He and Dorothy joined First Baptist Church in 1953 where he began lengthy service to the Lord: he held every volunteer position, including President, created and delivered monthly "News and Views" for over 55 years, returned to the Philippines on a mission trip, and served on the national board, where he served with passion and purpose for several years. He especially enjoyed teaching his women's Bible Study class. Bob served in many ways including as president of the typographical union, president of the Samish Council of Camp Fire Girls, supporter of MS research, the Interfaith Coalition and League of Women Voters. Beyond his favorite roles - as family man and church leader - Bob was a gifted writer and storyteller. He wrote for eight decades, selling short stories to mystery magazines and "Highlights" among others, and published collections of essays in "Pot Belly Macho" and its companion, "Backward in High Heels" (available at Village Books.) Bob also serialized his WWII experiences in an essay collection, one of which was recently featured in the Bellingham Herald's Veterans Day tribute. We plan to hold a celebration of Robert Cloud's life on April 16 at First Baptist Church in Bellingham. To contribute memories or for more information, please email CloudAC@aol.com or DLCloud@yahoo.com. Selah! Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at www.JernsFH.com
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Bellingham, WA 98225
Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 10, 2016