Robert T. Newberry, 87, died on April 3, 2014, in Olympia.
He was born in Chehalis, on Feb. 24, 1927, to Gordon R. and Ruby L. Newberry. He graduated from Chehalis High School in 1945. He then served a short time in the U.S. Navy at the close of World War II, discharged in August of 1947. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration in June of 1953.
He married Martha J. Coulter, in Olympia, on March 18, 1951. Following his graduation, he started an accounting business at Amanda Park on the Olympic Peninsula in 1953, and later became an accountant for Lamb Grays Harbor Co., in Hoquiam. He became a controller for Western Gear Machinery Co., in the heavy machinery division in Everett, and later a controller and Vice President of Administration in the subsidiary corporation in Salinas, Calif. He returned to the Grays Harbor area in 1971, and became a controller for Lamb Grays Harbor Co. In 1982, Robert was employed with the State of Washington Department of Revenue and was there until his retirement in 1992. In June of 2000, he and his wife moved to Olympia and was there until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; children, Joan Newberry, Jan and Dale Brieske of Redmond, Ore., Scott and Samantha Newberry of Aberdeen, and David and Janean Newberry of Aberdeen; grandchildren, Maxs Newberry of Seattle and Tom Brieske of Tacoma.