Enumclaw resident Robert P. Kroll died April 27, 2015.
He was born Aug. 10, 1943, in Vancouver, Wash., to the late Jack and Leona Kroll. He was raised in Corvallis, Ore., where he enjoyed hunting and fishing, co-captained the varsity football team and was voted “Best Personality” of his senior class. After attending and playing football at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., he joined the U.S. Navy in the fall of 1966 and attended the U.S. Navel Training Center in San Diego, Calif. He was stationed at Naval Air Station Ellyson Field in Pensacola, Fla., for two years before receiving orders for Saigon, Vietnam.
After the military, he worked on the Nelson/Tucker Ranch near Lexington, Ore., and Sandpiper Land Co. in Paterson, Wash., before opening Kroll’s Department Store in Heppner, Ore., in 1976. He later lived in Stockton, Calif., where he was the district sales manager for Massey Ferguson Agricultural Equipment; in Central Washington where he farmed; and in Redmond, Wash., where he sold feed products. He met Mary Humphreys-Bush in 1991 and they were married on May 27, 1995, in Auburn, Wash. After moving to Enumclaw and receiving his real estate license, he and friends opened Person Real Estate, where he worked until his death.
He is survived by wife Mary of Enumclaw; sons Brian Kroll and wife Michelle of Portland, Ore., and Mike Bush of Seattle; daughters Kimberley and wife Samantha of Vancouver and Shannon Steedman and husband Garth of Bremerton, Wash.; sisters Shirley Olsen of Philomath, Ore., and Jackie Fitzgerald of Florence, Ore.; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Tahoma National Ceremony, with a reception following at 24521 200th Ave. S.E., Maple Valley, Wash. 98038.
Donations in his name are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.