Robert Harry WOTTON, Sr. Born on January, 15, 1925 in Seattle, Robert "Bob" Wotton, Sr. died on March 20, 2006 at his Shelton home. A veteran, Bob served as a Shipmaster in the U.S. Army at New Guinea from 1943 to 1946. He returned to Seattle, marrying Ruth Estelle Hart on June 18, 1949. He founded AAA Transfer and Storage in Rainier Valley and Hill Fuel. Bob became a realtor with Wallace Realty until he moved his family to Shelton in 1969. Bob was active in the Rainier Valley community; he served as president of the Seattle-Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce. In January 1969, he opened Bob's Shoe Tree in Shelton. In 1984, the store relocated, and was renamed Wotton's of Shelton. He retired in 1990. Bob belonged to Lions Clubs for 53 years, twice serving as president for Shelton Lions and as the founding organizer for Shelton Morning Star Lions. Bob is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Kathryn Gillespie and son-in-law, Dennis Gillespie of Novato, California; granddaughter, Meghan Gillespie of San Mateo, California; daughter, Jan Lawrence of Sammamish, grandson, R.J. McDonough of Seattle; daughter, Dodi Mason and son-in-law, Ken Mason, grandson, Brett Mason, and granddaughter, Kelsey Mason, all of Bellingham; and son, Robert Jr. and daughter-in-law, Julie Wotton, and grandson, Justin of Snoqualmie. He was preceded in death by son-in-law, John Lawrence of Sammamish. A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at The Pavilion at Sentry Park in Shelton. The family will provide a light lunch following the Remembrance presentations. Arrangements are under the direction of McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, WA.
Published by The Seattle Times on Mar. 26, 2006.