Robert John Laughlin

March 23, 2010

By Staff

Robert John Laughlin, an Issaquah resident since 1992, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010. He was 90.

Robert Laughlin

Burial and graveside services will be at 1 p.m. March 24 at Little Falls Cemetery, Vader, Wash.

Bob was born May 14, 1919 in Vader, Wash., the son of Herbert and Lola Laughlin.

Bob was a proud seventh-generation American and a fourth-generation Washington resident.

The family moved to Ryderwood, Wash., when he was 12. He graduated from Ryderwood High School.

Bob then went to work for Long-Bell Lumber Co., until he was injured in 1939. He continued his education and graduated from the Olympia School of Business. Upon graduation, he was employed by Puget Sound Power and Light Co.

In July 1943, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy Seabees, serving during World War II in the South Pacific. After the war, he returned to the Puget Sound Power and Light Co., where he remained until retirement on July 19, 1981. He was director of customer service records with 41 years of service.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed traveling, having visited all 50 states and the Canadian Provinces, as well as parts of Mexico. He enjoyed bird hunting with his dog Duke, and fishing and golf.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Issaquah Eagles Aerie No. 3054.

Bob was happy, generous, honest, well liked and will be missed by family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his son John Laughlin and brother Warren Laughlin.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis; son Michael Laughlin, of Greenbank, Wash.; daughter Taumy Gilbert, of Olalla, Wash.; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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