Robert Thomas Wakeley passed away suddenly at home on November 30, 2015 in Deming, WA with his mother by his side. The son of Sharon (Setzer) Wakeley, he was born on September 11, 1964 in Bellingham, WA where he lived until 1978 moving to Deming, WA. Robert graduated in 1985 from Redwood High School for Developmentally Disabled. After graduation, he worked at Northwest Industries for 10 years, where he enjoyed waking up every morning and taking his "girlfriend" flowers. Robert went to Camp Horizon summer camp where he got to see long time friends. Robert enjoyed so many things, from going fishing, being outdoors, spending time with his dog, and his greatest joy being with his nieces and nephews. Robert loved going to their vacation cabin at Lake Tyee and watching wildlife with his Mom. When not outdoors, he enjoyed watching John Wayne and Star Trek and listening to Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. His favorite "hobby" was sneaking stuff from his mom and hiding it in his bedroom; he knew that just drove her "crazy"! Robert was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Jane Elkins and John Henry Setzer. He is remembered by his mother Sharon Wakeley, brothers Jim Wakley, Art Bailey, sisters Cheryl Hendricks, Judy Chartier, Sandra Griffin and Christy Porter. A special thanks to the caregivers and family that were a large part of Roberts's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Horizon, 7506 Gemini Street, Blaine, WA 98230 in Roberts's memory. Private burial will be Tuesday, December 8, 2015 followed by a Celebration of Life for Robert at Deming Log Show Grounds, at 2pm, 3295 Cedarville Road, Bellingham, WA. Visit www.molesfarewelltributes.com to leave condolences.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Dec. 6, 2015