Robert Crowell(September 28, 1927 - December 24, 2013)

Robert "Bob" Crowell, 86, of Brinnon, beloved husband and companion of Claudette (Burton) Crowell for more than 44 years, passed away peacefully and surrounded by love on December 24, 2013.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Ida Crowell; his sister, Pauline (Crowell) Aldrich; and brothers James "Bud" Crowell and Donald "Donnie" Crowell.

Bob was born in Tacoma, Washington. When he was a teenager, the Crowell family moved to Brinnon, which is where he lived most of his life.

As a young man, Bob left a promising baseball career to care for his mother and siblings after his father's death. He served in the Army during the Korean War, then worked as a logger in Washington and Alaska until his retirement in 1977.

He and Claudette married in 1973. Bob spent the remainder of his life as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Bob was an avid sportsman who especially loved fishing on his beloved Dosewallips River. He also was an unbelievable gardener who grew acres of vegetables, which he generously shared to the delight of many.

Besides his wife, Claudette, Bob is survived by three daughters, Shelitha and her husband, Daris Blankenship, both of Tacoma, Sharita Burton of Everett, Washington, and Tamara Fountain of Seattle, Washington; son-in-law Joseph Fountain of Bainbridge Island; grandchildren Christopher, Tasca, Robert, Ariel and Adrienne; great-granddaughter Madeline Kropp; brother Richard Crowell; sisters Darlene Reiter, Betty Richardson, Carolyn Knivila, Naomi Swanson and Nancy Severn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the members of Jefferson Healthcare hospice. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care during the last weeks of Bob's life were an enormous blessing and comfort to the entire family.

We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. Immediate family held a graveside service on January 9, 2014.

A larger celebration of Bob's life is being planned for the summer. Friends and family are encouraged to contact Claudette or any of Bob's daughters for details.

Bob was concerned for the homeless and for conservation on the Olympic Peninsula. Memorial contributions may be made to the Quilcene Food Bank, 294952 U.S. Highway 101, Quilcene, WA 98376; or the Jefferson Land Trust, 1033 Lawrence Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 17, 2014