Robert Edward Vik|
On Friday, August 25, 1933, Robert "Bob" was born to Haakon and Evangeline Vik in Chicago, Illinois. Tragically, Bob's mother died when he was seven months old. Shortly thereafter his father contracted ragweed poisoning, necessitating him to leave the state, leaving Bob and his older brother Jim in the care of their granduncle Pete, a farmer in Clarkfield, Minnesota. There they worked the farm, attended Israel Lutheran Church, and learned the three Rs in a one-room school house. Bob got polio, but he beat it. In their early teens, the brothers migrated west to Seattle, where their father was building a house in Ballard. Bob graduated from Ballard High School as the Senior Class President in 1954, and in 1958 graduated from the University of Washington with a Business Degree.
Visiting relatives on the Coast of Norway with his granduncle Pete in 1959, Bob met the love of his life, Astrid Riksheim, a beautiful free-spirited woman involved in the theater and folk dancing. Back in the U.S. after his trip, Bob couldn't stop thinking about Astrid, and so returned to Norway less than a year later to propose marriage. Astrid accepted. Love is like that. On July 9, 1960, they were married in Los Angeles, California.
Bob's work in L.A. was converting an old automobile plant to fabricate fiberglass pontoons for construction of a marina. At the end of the year they moved up to Seattle where they had a son, and Bob began his residential construction business building homes in Seattle and Bellevue. In the mid-1960's the Vik Family relocated to Silverdale, WA, where Bob successfully engaged in both residential and retail development and construction, building the first Central Kitsap Mall. At that time he was actively involved in civic activities serving as Chairman of the local Democratic Party in Kitsap County. In 1972, Bob moved his family, now including twin daughters as well as the son, back to Seattle settling in the North Beach neighborhood of Ballard, building and remodeling houses of all sizes and complexities throughout greater Seattle. Bob was a quality builder, and many people were pleasantly pleased to engage the services of Vik Construction. He retired in early 2000 due to the development of Parkinson's disease, but remained in the family home up to the last year of his life. On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, Bob passed away due to complications from Parkinson's.
Bob loved his family like crazy, was extremely loyal to his many friends, helped with his wife's fabulous garden, and was also a thinker and a tinkerer and a patented inventor. In his free time he was a Churchill-style painter of Norwegian landscapes and farmlands. In the early 2000's, Bob served on the Board of Trustees for the E.B. Dunn Historical Botanical Garden Trust. Bob was a true gentleman.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, mother, and two stepmothers, Agnes and Grace; he is survived by his wife Astrid; his son John and wife Penny and her son Seumas and his family; his twin daughters Kristine Barnett and Heidi Anderson; two son-in-laws: Eric Anderson and Dave Barnett and their children Marina and Kyle Robert Anderson and Jacob and Anabelle Barnett; and Bob's brother Jim and wife Edna and their son Greg and his family.
Memorial Services will be held at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Seattle at NW 85 St. and 24 Ave NW on Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m.
A private graveside service for family members was held at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 16, 2013