Robert Sherwood Sandbo

Robert Sherwood Sandbo

We are sad to announce that Bob passed away on Sept. 5, 2013 in Snohomish, Washington. He was the firstborn of Albert Maurice Sandbo and Alma Josephine (Ehrenberg) Sandbo in Montevideo, Minnesota on June 5, 1920. In 1928 the family, which now included siblings Marge and Jack, moved to Bozeman, Montana. He learned and practiced drafting in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's and early 40's. During World War II he joined the Navy and was stationed in California and Connecticut as a radar technician. After the war he earned his electrical engineering degree from Montana State University, then moved to Bellevue, WA and worked for Boeing until his retirement in 1985.

In 1947 Bob married Lois Goodenberger of Scotts Bluff, Nebraska. They turned a house in Bellevue into a home and began raising a family together, until Lois succumbed to cancer in 1957.

In 1962, Bob married grade school teacher Patricia "Pat" Groves Bruce. They recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. After retirement, his life was enriched by family, hosting Japanese college students and a 100-day trip around the world. Bob and Pat were jointly honored with a "Champions of Bellevue Heritage" award at the 2008 Best of Bellevue ceremony.

Survivors include Pat, sons John (and Donna), Steve (and Claire), Eric, and Mike (and Heather). Grandchildren include Lisa, Bill, Charlie, Ryan, and Caroline, and a great grandchild, Jessica. Cause of death was complications due to dementia.

Rest In Peace.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Eastside Heritage Center at PO Box 40535, Bellevue, WA 98015

Condolences to Pat may be sent in care of: Heather Bruce, 16715 61st Ave SE, Snohomish, WA 98296, or by signing the online guest book at

Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 15, 2013