7/24/1920 ~ 6/16/2014
Our long farewell, as the Alzheimer's disease has been called, came to an end when Bob passed on June 16 at the age of 93.
Sadness was replaced by cheerful and happy memories of the man we knew and loved. The man who, although family always came first, set the tone for commitment to the community. He owned and operated Olympic Distributors, an office equipment business on Queen Anne, for 50 years, but his passion was Seattle's park system in particular and the urban environment in general. He was chairman of the Board of Park Commissioners from 1975 to 1976.
While he acquired the moniker Mr. Discovery Park for his passionate and tenacious fight for the integrity of Discovery Park as a wilderness sanctuary all through its existence, his biggest personal pride was Commodore Park at the Locks. In 1967, a group of Magnolia citizens together averted the development of apartment buildings. They got the property rezoned, and the result was the beautiful park we now have with promenades along the Canal.
One of Bob's great gifts in his dealings with officials as well as private parties of the numerous civic affairs he was involved in throughout his life was his wit and non confrontational style. He often managed to turn opponents into friends, some of them lifelong. His basic values of openness and acceptance of everybody on their own terms were disarming.
It was that same wit and lightheartedness that permeated our family life. Some of the jokes outlived themselves, but there were always new originals coming along.
Thank you Bob.
You made us laugh. We love you.
A lifelong resident of Queen Anne and Magnolia, Bob is survived by wife Ruth of 49 years, daughters Katie Bucy (Tom), Maria Kildall, son Kristian Kildall and four grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Heidrich and the team at Group Health for their great support.
Memorial service on July 17 at 4:00 pm Church of the Ascension in Magnolia with reception at the Visitors' Center at Discovery Park.
Memorial gifts suggested to The Nature Conservancy and the
Published in The Seattle Times from June 24 to June 25, 2014