Robert E. Van DeVanter, islander, 77
Robert E. Van DeVanter, a long-time islander, died Feb. 8, 2002. He was 77 years old.
Mr. Van DeVanter was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Seattle. He lived most of his life on Vashon Island.
He was president of the Vashon High School Senior Class in 1942.
During World War II he served his country in the army, including two years in combat in Europe. After discharge, he attended the University of Washington and rowed with the Husky crew.
Mr. Van De Vanter loved the outdoors. While in college, he worked summers as foreman of a trail crew for the Forest Service. He also spent many happy hours gardening, raising animals, and camping out with his family.
After his marriage in 1950, he worked at the Boeing Company for 19 years, followed by employment with King County. He was active in community affairs and participated in Operation Jigsaw, and served as chairman of the Vashon Island School Board.
Friends and family recall him as a wise and loving father.
Survivors include his wife Marilyn and son Mark of Vashon, his son Douglas of Seattle, his brother John of Cashmere, Wash., and his grandchildren, Jessica, Philip and Natalie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 12721 30th Ave. NE., Suite 101, Seattle, Wash. 98125 or www.alzwa.org.
Friends are invited to attend a gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Vashon Presbyterian Church social hall to share memories and celebrate his life.