Bob Hartley


Bob Hartley
March 29, 1938 - March 7, 2012

The world welcomed Bob Hartley on March 29, 1938, born in Idaho.

In March of 1957, Bob was turning 19 and looking forward to graduating with his brother Bill from Walla Walla High School. He'd been working part-time as a printer's apprentice. Bob was saving to buy a 1948 Merc with a flat head V-8. The previous September he'd married Marlene, his high school sweetheart and they were expecting their first child any day. Twelve years later Bob was driving a station wagon, working two jobs and they were expecting their fifth girl. He worked full-time days as a journeyman printer at the Union-Bulletin and nights as a projectionist. In 1974 the family moved to Yakima and Bob continued his career at the Yakima Herald-Republic. Bob was divorced in 1977, and continued to support and help raise the girls, often using his mechanic skills to maintain their cars as teenagers and adults. He and Marlene continued to take the girls camping and vacationing as a family for several years. The girls were the love of his life and in them you see so many of Bob's remarkable attributes, the essence of his spirit lives on through them. He inspired a love for the outdoors, taught them to swim, water and snow ski, bowl and to enjoy playing as children and adults. He was very athletic, played softball and was always "first pick" at company picnics. Bob had tennis trophies hidden away in some obscure drawer. Bob was an avid bird hunter and part of a "motley crew of fisherman, elk hunters, poker players, whiskey drinkers and campfire kickers." These seasonal pastimes he experienced with his brother, sons-in-law and buddies.

After retirement in 2002, Bob also became an accomplished golfer and bowler. Bob had such a generous spirit and fun-loving nature. He was accepting and nonjudgmental of everyone, a man who welcomed each person he encountered with a warm smile and a joke. He was truly a beacon of calm and compassion. His love for family, friends and people in general has touched us all and enriched our lives.

He died peacefully on March 7, 2012, in Spokane, surrounded by family. He is survived by his brother, Bill Hartley (Donna) of Lakewood, Wash.; daughters, Lynn Vetsch (Steve) of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Cheryl Brandt (Robert) of Spokane, Susan Schmoe (Dave) of Spokane, Paula Catanzarite of Derry, Pa., Candace Malave (Jamie) of Prosser; ex-wife and lifelong friend, Marlene Monroe of Spokane; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncle. He was preceded in death by his father, William Hartley; and his mother, Eunice Kilmer (Hartley).

How lucky we are to have had such an incredible man in our lives!

Memorial services will be held at St. Timothy's Church, 4105 Richey Road, Yakima, on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 3 p.m. Memorial gifts can be sent to Hospice of Spokane, American Heart Association or a charity of your choice. xx


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