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Robert Gates Folk Jr.


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Robert Gates Folk Jr. Obituary
Robert Gates Folk, Jr.

Robert Gates Folk Jr. passed away on July 22, 2018. He was born to Robert Gates Folk and Rosemary Pelham Folk in El Paso, Texas September 17, 1919. He attended Texas A&M and was a WWII Veteran in the Army Air Corp where he flew B-29s and B-17s. Besides flying planes, his biggest passion was tennis, which he played his entire life. At age 19 he was the Texas State champ and played competitively well into his 80s winning the senior games at age 89. Bob also enjoyed playing golf competitively and was an avid member of the El Paso Country Club. He enjoyed life to the fullest and always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He will be deeply missed by his children, Karen Folk, Pamela Bethscheider, and Elizabeth Suver, his grandchildren, Serena Heath, Todd Rossi, Michelle Rossi-Parkin, Morgan Suver, Madison Suver and Andrew Suver, his great grandson, Liam Heath, and his niece and nephew West and Katharine Harrington. He had the pleasure of spending the last 15 years with Joanne Gomes who shared his passion for tennis, and unwavering love and devotion.

Robert is preceded in death by his sister, Lady Rosemary Harrington, Pasadena, CA, his son Robert Gates Folk III, Port Angeles, WA, his wife, Marylou Folsom Folk, Seattle, WA and his parents Rosemary and Robert Folk Sr., El Paso, Texas.

We will miss his kindness, quick wit and laughter. He was an optimist who always saw the glass half full and nearly always said the word "yes". We all loved you so much and will try to see life as you saw it, full of opportunities and adventure.

A burial service for Robert will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA on

August 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

A celebration of his life will

follow at his daughter Elizabeth's

home in Seattle for close friends

and family. For more details email

[email protected]
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 12, 2018
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