Robert William Gylling, 84, passed away Aug. 5, 2011, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla. He was born to Charles William Gylling and Freda Aschenbrenner Gylling Sluyter on July 6, 1927, in San Francisco. When he was a youngster Freda and the three children, Robert, Joyce and Howard, went by train and settled in Colfax.
Robert attended the Hamilton Grade School and graduated in 1946 from Colfax High School. He was a member of Colfax's first state basketball champions in 1946. In his teens he worked at the S & S Grocery and continued until he joined the Whitman Co. Survey Department and later the Washington State DOT.
In 1950, Robert and Alice Manchester were married and had three children - Paul, Nancy and Freda. They were later divorced. He was inducted into the Army in 1952 until 1954. He served with distinction in Korea during that conflict receiving the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and Meritorius Unit Commendation. He was released from active military service and transferred to Army Reserve to complete eight years of service.
In 1964, Robert and Judy Streib were married and settled in Sunset Beach and later Garden Grove, Calif. He worked as a lineman for the Long Beach, Calif., telephone department. They moved to Colfax in 1965, and he worked with a Pulllman construction crew on buildings at WSC. They had three children: Craig, Christine and Scott.
In 1966, Robert started his civilian career as a civil engineering technician with the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His career has been devoted to service in the engineering division, where he was assigned to design branch and geotechnical branch. He retired in materials and dam safety section in April 1990. Robert enjoyed the outdoors, trapping, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was known for his baking, especially pies. Two Alaskan cruises and a Mexico cruise were special adventures.
Robert belonged to the Masonic Blue Lodge #13, Scottish Rite, EI Katif Shrine and Blue Mountain Shrine, B.P.O.E. Elks #287 and NRA. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joyce; and
his brother, Howard (by two days). Survivors include three sons, Paul (Debbie) of Colfax, Craig (Diana) of Grapeview, Wash., and Scott (Lori) of Yakima; three daughters, Nancy (Rick) Bozarth of Juneau, Alaska, Freda (Dean) Miller of Colfax, Christine (John) Paris of Bellevue; six granddaughters and six grandsons.
A memorial service will be held at the Bruning Funeral Home in Colfax at 1 p.m. on Aug. 20. Graveside service will follow with the Masonic Lodge and Military Service by the National Guard. The family suggests contributions be made to the Shrine Hospital, 911 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99210.