In the same manner that he was born in his family home in Oak Forest, Illinois, Bob quietly passed away at his home on Camano Island, Washington surrounded by family. Growing up in Illinois, baseball was important to Bob, who played for the Cleveland Indians Farm Team prior to joining the US Army where he served in Korea. It was while stationed in Fort Lewis that he met his wife, Antonina ("Toni"). In 1955, Bob and Toni moved to Washington State where they raised their three children while he worked as a Central Office Technician for Pacific Northwest Bell until he retired. Family was important to Bob, who stayed involved in his children's activities, including volunteering as a Cub Scout Leader, 4H Leader and coach. After Toni died, Bob moved to Camano Island where he met his second wife, Marjorie. Bob was a quiet man who never boasted, complained or spoke an ill word toward anybody. His sense of humor was unfailing. He will be missed by many. Bob is survived by Marjorie; his children, Sandra (Garfield), Robert (Avy), Nanette (Ralph); seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He will be laid to rest at Holyrood Cemetery alongside his Toni. His service will begin at Holyrood Cemetery Chapel at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013 followed by a graveside service. Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home Stanwood.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 2013