Robert Fletcher Billings, known to friends and family as Bob, passed away on July 4, 2019, at the age of 79.
He was born on December 19, 1939, in Seattle, the second of four sons of Frederick (Ted) and Vera Billings, previously of Vashon Island. Bob grew up on Vashon, was a member of Boy Scout Troup 294 and excelled at playing trumpet in the high school band. Following graduation in 1958 from Vashon High School, Bob attended Olympic College in Bremerton. He joined the Navy and served as an electronics technician on the guided missile frigate USS Preble and the destroyer supply ship USS Prairie. After his honorable discharge, he continued studying electronics at Edison Technical School in Seattle, then completed a television technician course at Washington Technical Institute. Based on this training he opened and operated his own television repair service, Westside TV Service, in West Seattle. He also was employed several years at Boeing.
Bob was an animal lover. He shared his home with numerous stray cats, puppies and an occasional raccoon over the years. He was a devoted fan of the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners. Bob developed an early interest in photography, lost treasure detecting, collecting coins and country western and rock-and-roll record albums, hobbies he enjoyed throughout his life.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents and leaves behind three brothers, Richard of Port Madison, Ronald of College Station, Texas, and Roger of Port Orchard. He also is survived by his sisters-in-law Suzanne Arrington and Carmen Billings, nieces Michelle Arrington, Sandy Ashcraft and Susan, Katie and Betsy Billings, grandnephews Nicholas Ashcraft and Sawyer Billings Reiff and grandniece Kamryn Ashcraft. May he rest in peace. A memorial service for Robert will be held at a time and place to be determined.