Robert Raymond SADLER

Robert Raymond SADLER

Robert (Bob) Sadler, 93, passed away quietly in his sleep at home early the morning of July 11, 2013. Brought home from the hospital the preceding afternoon, he was with his beloved wife, children and devoted dog. Bob had a full and productive life which reflected his strong values for family and country.

Bob was born outside of Couer d'Alene, Idaho on November 7, 1919. Raised in northern Idaho, he graduated from St. Maries High School in 1937. He often spoke of the Depression and how he worked in the woods and logging industry instead of going on to college as he would have liked. In 1940 he left Idaho and joined the Army at Fort Lewis. He was accepted into the inaugural 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops (87th Mountain Infantry Regiment) which trained at Mt. Rainier. This followed extensive training at other U.S. posts before being shipped out to fight in the Aleutians, the Po Valley and the Apennine Mountains of Northern Italy. As a Platoon Sergeant he earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service. When the war ended he received his discharge in Denver, and started his career in surveying. The following years he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads on roads from Montana to New Mexico. In 1947 while in charge of a crew at Yellowstone Park he met his future wife Shirley, a summer park employee. When on leave in Seattle in 1951 he and Shirley met again and became engaged. That year he transferred to Sitka, Alaska where they were married. Later he became City Engineer and served in the National Guard of Alaska (rising to Major). In 1955 they returned to the Seattle area where he worked for many years for several surveying and civil engineering companies. Eventually he started his own surveying business in 1973.

During his retirement Bob and Shirley traveled overseas and in the process they met new and lasting friends in England, Germany and Australia.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lorraine Sadler, his brother Dick and sister Edna. He is survived by his wife Shirley, his brother Roger (Nancy), his daughters Robin (Brett Bence), Sydney (Dave Olausen), sons Mark (Martha), Bruce (Ingelaurie Lisher), and grandchildren Katie Sadler von Bargen (Jeff), Emily Sadler, Eric and Scott Olausen, Jared and Teryn Bence and Warren Sadler, and niece, Pat Johnson.

Bob had an enthusiasm for life, held learning in high regard and went out of his way for others in need. He set high standards for himself in all that he pursued. Bob will be remembered for his immense pride in his family, his dedication and service to his country, his surveying signature throughout the Northwest, his love of Dixieland jazz, his charm and sense of humor.

On Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery a military service will be held. Afterwards, there will be a celebration of Bob's life and barbeque. Memorial bequests can be made to the 10th Mountain Division Foundation and/or the 10th Mountain Division

Descendants Scholarship Program


In Memory of a

10th Mountain Man

When spring comes to the mountains, or aspen quake, or soft snow covers all,

We will remember him who once stood tall in freedom's fight.

May he now find peace upon God's heavenly heights.

- C.K. Moore

Published in The Seattle Times on July 21, 2013