Bob Giles, 92, a lifelong resident of Anacortes, passed from this life on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Anacortes.
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He was born on January 1, 1922 in Anacortes to Arthur Blaine and Augusta (Oldenberg) Giles.
Robert Frank Giles what an amazingly wonderful father, grandfather, husband, son and friend! We love him so much! After 92-years Dad got his entrance ticket to go and see Mom after these 12 years and eight months of expectantly waiting for them to be reunited. What an amazing day for him! Now, its preparation time for the rest of us as we expectantly await our reuniting. He was born on a Sunday, and he transitioned on a Sunday!
In his younger years Bob tended the kerosene lantern in the Coast Guard lighthouse at the mouth of Deception Pass with his dad, rowing a skiff through the pass itself. Bob and Diz Deane were the first to ride their bicycles over the Deception Pass Bridge, even on planks over the unfinished parts.
Bob grew up on the 26-acre family farm above Rosario Beach and loved the outdoors. High school was completed at Anacortes High, with a couple of years at Business School. He was always proud of his military service in the Navy, serving in the Pacific in WWII on the Destroyer Tender USS Cascade and then again on the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard in the Korean Conflict. Following the service Bob was employed as the receiving, processing, and shipping foreman at Texaco Oil Refinery for 26 years, retiring in 1983.
Bob married the love of his life, Patti Hughes on June 22, 1946 and together they traveled many, many miles. They went boating in the Sea Lark with their many friends throughout the Puget Sound and trailered with their friends in the Good Sam's Club (AnaSams) all over the country (went to every continental state but Iowa). They were snow-birds for the last years, traveling back and forth between Anacortes and Araby Acres in Yuma, AZ. They had three wonderful kids in Rick, Dave and Tracy in their journeys.
Bob loved to chew his Doublemint gum always! And even had his pipe close at hand most-often. He loved woodworking and even built his own skiff from scratch. And daily he watched his favorite show on TV, Through the Bible with Les Feldick. He was always active as a member of New Hope Christian Fellowship, Anacortes Good Sams Club, and the Anacortes Elks Club. As a cancer survivor of twelve years, Bob annually walked in Relay for Life, even into his 90's.
There were many that he loved and made smile especially his life-long friend, Diz Deane. He had many fine neighbors and friends that loved him, including Mike & Karmen, Carl & Charlene, and Pastor Dwight and Gail, and the back row church friends: Joyce, Margaret, and Cathy. Special thanks to Laura, Martha, Rachel, Britanny and many more who made his stay at Rosario Assisted Living so wonderful.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Blaine and Augusta Giles; his wife, Patricia Giles; daughter, Tracy Giles; and sister, Charlotte Giles.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Joi Giles of Renton, WA and David and Libby Giles of Brier, WA; and grandchildren and spouse, Kevin and Sami Giles, Melissa Giles, and Michael Giles.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes.
A memorial service will be held at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Anacortes, Saturday, August 30th at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to charities he supported: Puget Sound Chi Alpha 1305 NE 45th St. Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98105; or New Hope Christian Fellowship, 1319 - 35th St, Anacortes, WA, 98221.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Bob, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 28, 2014