Bob Metke passed away on Saturday evening, March 1, 2014, at Evergreen Hospice from pancreatic cancer.
Bob (Robert Lloyd) was born in Seattle on October 18, 1938, the first born child to Lillian and Lloyd Metke.
Bob graduated from Montesano High School, class of 1956. While in high school he lettered in both football and baseball, and was selected to the all-conference football team.
After high school graduation, Bob joined the U.S. Navy and served three years, mostly on the USS Kearsarge, an aircraft carrier. After discharge, he returned to Grays Harbor, and married Darlene Fickeisen of Aberdeen on July 1, 1960. They had two wonderful children, Jeff, born on August 10, 1961, and Marci, born November 13, 1965.
Bob took a Sales Training class, and started working in sales positions for various suppliers in the horticulture industry, and on February 16, 1976, began his career with the J M McConkey Co., of Sumner, manufacturers and distributors of greenhouse and nursery supplies and equipment. Bob’s career with McConkey lasted for over 32 years. He retired on February 29, 2008, after traveling during those years throughout the Pacific Northwest and into British Columbia and Alberta, calling on greenhouses and nurseries.
Bob worked long hours participating in many industry meetings, tours, conventions, and trade shows in several states and provinces. He assisted in the planning of and helped to create and stage these events, always working with the thought in mind of what would help his industry colleagues and customers be more successful.
He was named Supplier of the Year in 1994 by the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2005, was presented with the WaFlora Cup, presented by the Washington Floricultural Association for outstanding service to the floriculture industry. In 2008, Bob was the recipient of the Pacific Coast Nurseryman Outstanding Service Award, for significant contributions to the Washington State Nursery/Landscape Industry.
In February, 2009, he was awarded a very special plaque by the British Columbia Landscape and Nursery Association, “In recognition of your years of exuberant and colorful support to the B.C. Horticulture Industry”.
During these years, Bob was thrilled to watch his son, Jeff, marry the wonderful Teresa Kjose. His grandson Michael was born in 1990, and is a graduate of USC in neuroscience. His granddaughter, Danielle, born in 1993, is a junior at the University of Oregon. The youngest grandson, Justin, born in 2002, has worked extremely hard to overcome the effects of the seizure disorder.
Bob and his wife greatly enjoyed traveling to Maui, and made at least one trip a year to that beautiful island since their marriage in 1986.
Bob attended massage school and attained the position of Licensed Massage Therapist. Bob became entranced with fusing glass and began to create wonderful and unique fused glass pieces. Bob became a volunteer at Pilchuck Glass School, and was also a student.
Bob loved football and the Seattle Seahawks, and he delighted in being a season ticket holder and was rewareded by the Super Bowl Championship. Bob was happily married to his wife, for 28 years.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Marci. He is survive by his son, Jeff and wife, Teresa; grandchildren, Michael, Danielle, and Justin; his sister, Linda; and brother, Paul.
A visitation will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014, 281 South Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA 360-757-6055. A burial will be at 12 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014, at Bay View Cemetery (about 9 miles north of La Conner) and will be followed by a reception/celebration of life gathering Friday, March 14, 2014, at Maple Hall, La Conner, WA.
Memorial donations in Bob’s name can be made to:
Pediatric Epilepsy Program-in honor of grandson Justin Metke, c/o Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, 1121 SW Salmon St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205 or Pilchuck Glass School, 430 Yale Ave. N, Seattle, WA, 98109.