Robert Eugene Putnam Sr.

Longtime Copalis Beach resident Robert Eugene Putnam Sr. passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was 83. Robert was born August 19, 1930, in Lawrence County, Washington, to Israel and Martha (Howen) Putnam.

Bob was raised in Mt. Baker, Wash., and graduated from Mt. Baker High School in 1948.

On March 2, 1957, Bob married the love of his life Janet Lee Ogan in Lynnwood, Wash. They had recently celebrated their 57th anniversary. She survives him at the family home.

Bob proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean and the Vietnam Wars.

He was a self-employed carpenter and worked for Murray Franklin, Inc. Home Builders. Bob loved spending time with his family and enjoyed fishing, hunting and hiking with his boys until he lost his eyesight 10 years ago.

In addition to his loving wife, Janet, he is survived by his devoted children, son, Robert (Joan) Putnam Jr. of Battle Ground; and daughter, Joan Louise Zagel of Arlington, Wash.; three sisters, Eunice Hoeninger of San Leandro, Calif., Gertrude King of Sun Valley, Ariz., and Carolyn Kuipers of Ellensburg, Wash.; sister-in-law, Lynda (Marven) Putnam; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by two sons, Steve and Michael; and a brother, Marven (Gene) Putnam.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Maple Valley Presbyterian Church located at 22659 Sweeney Rd. S.E. in Maple Valley, Wash., followed by a graveside service at 1 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 S.E. 240th Street in Kent, Wash.

To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.


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