Robert (Bob) Harold Mainard, Sr., 90 longtime resident of Burlington, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Mira Vista Care Center in Mount Vernon.
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Robert was born August 29, 1922 in Dutton Montana. He was the third of four children born to Claude and Clara Mainard. Robert grew up in Montana and graduated from Dutton High School in 1941. He joined the Army in 1942. In 1943 he married the love of his life Mabel L. Thorn in Superior, Montana. Soon after their marriage, Robert was sent to England where he maintained aircraft weapons systems during World War II. Robert received an honorable discharge in 1946 when he returned home to his wife Mabel who at that time was living in Wisconsin.
Later in 1946, Robert and Mabel returned to Montana where he farmed and worked on road construction prior to being hired by the Texaco Refinery in Sunburst. In 1958 he was transferred to Washington for the opening of the new Texaco Refinery near Anacortes. Robert was an operator and boiler-maker at the Refinery until his retirement in 1982.
Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, sporting events, camping, winter trips to Arizona, and farming in Montana. Most important to him was his family, he loved being a part of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's lives.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Mabel in 2004, his parents, brothers Glen Mainard, Clayton Mainard, sisters Ruth Rothenbuhler, Dorothy Lindsey, and son-in-law Jeff Nims.
He is survived by his sons, Robert Jr (Sharon), James (Melissa), daughters Frieda Moore (Earl), Connie Nims, Bonnie Kyle (Les), Evelyn Morse (Jim), eleven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, sister-in-law Ann Kronberg, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a very special father, grandfather, great grandfather who was loved very much and will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Burlington Lutheran Church located at 134 East Victoria Avenue with a gathering to follow in the fellowship hall. A family graveside service with military honors will take place at the Burlington Cemetery.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Hulbush Funeral Home, Burlington.
Hulbush Funeral Home
281 S Burlington Blvd. Burlington, WA 98233-1708
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 14, 2013