Thirty-year Alaska resident Robert Lee Minogue Sr., died Feb. 22, 2013, at age 76, surrounded by his loved ones.
Robert "Bob" Minogue was born Feb. 20, 1937, in Snohomish, Wash.
Even as a boy, Bob distinguished himself as principled, conscientious and foresighted, and as someone who could succeed at whatever he put his mind to. He possessed a natural aptitude for all things mechanical and was able to fix or build anything.
He loved to meet new people and visit old friends. He was judgmental when it mattered, and non-judgmental when it didn't. His advice was sage and invariably withstood the test of time. Despite his sometimes gruff personality, he lived his life with a strong sense of purpose and caring for others, which he demonstrated through actions, not words.
These traits combined to make him a truly remarkable individual who positively influenced the lives of countless people.
Bob moved to Alaska in the late 1960s for an opportunity in the telecommunications industry, leaving his home state of Washington. Frequently his job as calibration technician called for travel to remote sites. His work had to meet the highest standards, as many relied on the quality of his work to perform their own jobs effectively, and he never let them down. Bob's work was widely recognized for excellence and as foundational to delivering a high quality telecommunication system across Alaska.
Bob enjoyed the rugged lifestyle that defines an Alaskan. He would fly his plane to remote areas for activities like meeting up for lunch with a friend at a quaint little airstrip overlooking the Yukon River, or landing on an isolated beach to collect washed-up glass floats for gift-giving to friends; he would go salmon fishing with his children in Prince William Sound; and he would target shoot at tin cans with his boys at the gravel pit.
After a few years, Bob obtained a position in Fairbanks so that he could have his five children live with him full time. There, his children completed high school and went on to college. During that time, he built himself an RV-4 light aircraft. The example he set for his children of taking on ambitious goals, living up to his commitments and never letting others down, served as a model to them. He set the bar high, and pleasing their dad was something that meant a lot to them.
While in Fairbanks, Bob met Kay Ballard, a gracious and kind-hearted woman, who hailed from east Texas. They married in 1996, and retired together shortly thereafter, leaving Alaska and settling in Seattle.
Their home quickly became known as Bob and Kay's Bed and Breakfast, where many of their Alaskan friends visited often. Bob quickly established friendships with his neighbors and became known as the "Mayor of Westview Drive," reflecting his tireless commitment to a well-kept neighborhood. On a daily basis, he picked up litter in the neighborhood park, and he readily extended a hand to anyone who needed it, helping with electrical and plumbing problems, remodeling, and troubleshooting computer glitches.
Bob was raised on a farm and attended a one-room elementary school and later, Snohomish High School. It was during high school when Bob developed his love of airplanes and learned to fly. After graduating in 1955, Bob attended Edison Technology School, where he learned basic skills for the trade that would be his for the next 40 years - electronics. He began his career at Boeing before moving on to the opportunities that Alaska offered.
He was a man with still so much to offer. He will not be soon forgotten.
Bob was widowed by his beloved wife, Kay, in 2010, and will be laid to rest with her in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, located in the peaceful neighborhood of his Seattle home.
He is survived by his children, Carmel, Camille, Robert, John and Stuart; his grandchildren, Gordon Oxendine Jr., Chelsea Minogue, Sally Watkins, Austin Buscher, John Buscher, Alex Minogue, Bradley Minogue, Sarah Minogue, Rebecca Minogue, David Minogue and Daniel Minogue; and his siblings, Peggy Swift, Harry Minogue and Sally Stegmeier.
A memorial service to honor the life of Bob will be held at noon Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Sacred Heart Church in Seattle. Remembrances may be made to prostate cancer research.