Robert, 70, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020, at his home in Sun City, AZ. He was born July 4, 1949, in Olympia, WA, to Robert & Margaret L’Heureux.
He is survived by his loving wife Terri, sisters Renee Anderson & Suzie Craig, Nephews David (Jessica) Williams, Mark (Teresa) Williams, Brandon (Kristin) Craig & Cory Craig, Great nephew Kasen Craig, Stepchildren Ryan Keeley & Nick (Laura) Keeley, his three cats Fuzzy, Jessie, Jack and many close friends. He would have preferred to have the cats listed first, but I still need a place to stay when I visit at Christmas.
As a youth, Bob spent the summers with his older sister and parents at various logging camps in South East Alaska while his father ran a family logging business. At the end of the logging season the family would commute back to Olympia, WA, for the winter. Bob and his sister were home schooled up until the seventh grade and began public school in Ketchikan, AK, where the family took up residence full time.
Bob graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1966. He attended Centralia C.C. for two years and then transferred to and graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
He worked for four barge companies including Alaska Marine Lines and eventually Northland Services where he retired after thirty years of loading barges. Bob and Terri eventually moved to Arizona full-time to escape the cold rainy Washington weather, which he spent most of his adult life detesting.
Bob knew stuff, almost on the verge of being annoying. He loved weekly trivia nights with his friends at the local pub. He was THE authority of 60’s British music and enjoyed listing his ‘dead list’ (the musicians he’d seen on stage that had since passed on). His favorite musician was Van Morrison. He said he had a thumb drive loaded with enough Van Morrison to drive from his house in Arizona to his relatives’ house in Washington. Bob was the ‘go to guy’ for construction projects. He knew how to fix or build almost anything. He once called his nephew to proclaim you can fix anything using this ‘Youtube’ thing. It gave him great satisfaction to help his family and friends with their building projects.
Bob loved road trips across the country, taking cruise vacations with Terri and he loved his cats. His cats were his kids. It wasn’t uncommon for Bob to be in the kitchen talking to his cats. He said they always answered. There’s a good chance he wouldn’t appreciate me sharing this information, but he isn’t here... and if he doesn’t like it, he can write his own obituary.
Bob loved telling jokes and making people laugh. One of my favorite stories of Bob was a road trip we made to Alaska for his fiftieth high school reunion. Somewhere in British Columbia, we had purchased a box of ice cream bars and our hotel room didn’t have a refrigerator. We asked room service to bring one up as we needed it to store Bob’s ‘medication’ (the ice cream). I told Bob to lay in bed and put on his CPAP machine to mess with the room service guy. The look on the guy’s face was priceless as he saw Bob laying still on his bed with the mask and tubes extending from his face. It was all we could do to contain our laughter until the attendant left the room.
We take warmth in knowing Bob is reunited with his father and mother, but wish we had more time with him. We are confident he knows how much we love him and miss him, but what he doesn’t know is that we are better people because of him.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the family residence and Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Salty’s Restaurant in Seattle, WA, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in Bob’s honor to www.4pawsrescue.org
— Affectionately written by his nephew, David