Robert ESTEY Obituary (1929 – 2022) – Spokane, WA – Spokesman Review – Legacy.com | Gmx Pharm

Bob was born on October 6, 1929 to Charles Augustus and Madeleine Elizabeth Estey at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He died peacefully on July 6, 2022 at the age of 92 in the Spokane Valley’s Orchard Crest Retirement Community.

Bob spent his youth between Southern California and Mercer Island, Washington. He was a gifted athlete, swimmer, diver and surfer who told many stories about jumping off the pier to ride the waves in Huntington Beach. At 16, he ran away from home and ended up with a survey team in Alaska. After a short time he decided to join the seminary after an Easter weekend when some of his fellow seminary sisters were visiting. He told the story of how, just looking at her legs, he knew the seminar wasn’t for him.

He attended college at Gonzaga University, where he graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. At the beginning of his later teaching career he met Alice Bergman. They were married on November 27, 1959 at St. Paschal Catholic Church in Spokane. Soon after, their five children, Chuck (1960), Madeleine (1962), Rob (1964), Mark (1965) and Meg (1968) joined the family. The young Estey family began life in Millwood with summers spent in the cabin that Bob had built on Hauser Lake. Always disciplined, each child swam laps under Bob’s supervision before being able to play on their own.

Always looking for adventure, Bob took the family on many camping trips to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. He loved the outdoors, hiking, exploring the backcountry, observing wildlife and brought that love to his family. He and Alice eventually bought a waterfront cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene where the fun continued, boating, water skiing, sailing and family fun.

Bob was a lifelong educator. While starting out as a teacher, he soon moved into administration and became the elementary school principal in Spokane City School District 81, where he was regularly assigned to the district’s top schools. In 1983 he retired from education and worked first in sporting goods sales, then in textbook and curriculum sales until 1989.

In 1990 he lost his beloved Alice to cancer. He spent the next few years skiing and traveling and married Sherry Frey in 1993. Bob and Sherry continued to have adventures traveling in the Pacific Northwest, culminating in a multi-year annual trip to Hawaii.

Bob’s favorite pastimes were daily breakfast visits to local restaurants, including the Skyway Cafe in Felts Field and Hogan’s Diner in Lincoln Heights, and watching the academic and athletic achievements of his many grandchildren. He was also an avid fan of Gonzaga Bulldog basketball.

Bob has many survivors: daughter-in-law Peggy Estey and her daughter Laura; daughter Madeleine Clyde, her husband Tim and their children Alice (Nate) Schulz, Brian and Andy; son Rob Estey, his wife Emily and their children Jack and Ella; son Mark Estey, his wife Debbie and their children Jacob, Katie (Travis) Knoll and John; Daughter Meg Estey and her partner Paul Miller. He is also survived by his four great-grandchildren: Kinsley Estey, Wyatt and Austin Schulz, and Charlotte Clyde; stepson Ror Lakewold, his wife Mona and their children Cheyton and Paxton; step-grandchildren Kelly McIntyre, her husband Pete Denton and their children Abe and Ellis; Jan McIntyre, her husband Adam Kasner and their children Wren and Desmond; Craig McIntyre, his wife Savannah and their children Harper and Waylon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Alice, second wife Sherry, beloved eldest son Chuck, and little sister Mary Ann.

Pop’s goal was to see his youngest grandchild graduate from high school. He did just that and died just 25 days after Ella’s graduation. Mission accomplished.

Thank you to the staff at the Orchard Crest Retirement Community, Horizon Hospice and the team at Hogan’s Diner who always welcome Bob with a smile.

To celebrate Bob, a funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 17825 E. Trent Ave, Spokane. A celebration of life follows from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Historic Flight Foundation hangar at Felts Field, 6095 E. Rutter Ave., Spokane.

Here’s to a life well lived, we will miss you and “trust” you forever!

Posted by Spokesman Review on July 31, 2022.

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