Robert Warren Gierke

Robert Warren Gierke died March 18, 2014, with family at his side.

He was born Feb. 7, 1929, in Ellensburg, Wash., to Emil and Inez Gierke. He spent his early childhood in Ellensburg before moving to Auburn where he graduated in 1947 from Auburn High School. After serving honorably in the Army he returned and worked as a long-haul trucker. In 1952 he married Ula Rae Lindsay and daughters Debra and Jody soon followed. Following a divorce, he relocated to Enumclaw where he worked as an electrician for Weyerhaeuser. In 1968 he met and married Sonja Sonneson and together they cleared the property that had been in the Sonneson family for years. He took great pride in the house, shop, and outbuildings that he had built. He later worked as a laborer for King County Department of Transportation until retiring in 1994. He loved the outdoors and had many adventures with hiking, fishing, camping, and clamming at Roosevelt Beach.

He is survived by wife Sonja; daughters Debra Endsley and husband Terry of Wilkeson and Jody Campbell of Renton; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded by brothers Richard Tornay, Paul Gierke and Michael Gierke, sisters Ida Sharp and Dorothy Gierke and grandson Justin.

His wishes were to have no service but he encouraged friends and family members to enjoy a beer or beverage and recall his many stories.

Donations in his name can be made to a hospice or an Alzheimer’s research effort of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were by Weeks’ Enumclaw Funeral Home. All may sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com

More in Obituaries

Vicky Bizer

Vicky Bizer, 66, died peacefully June 8, 2018, surrounded by loved ones in Enumclaw.

Mary Meserve

Mary Margaret Meserve of Buckley died June 11, 2018, at the age of 90.

Carol Weber

Carol Virginia Helmholtz Weber died May 27, 2018.

Lorraine Sarah Warren

Lorraine Sarah Warren passed away peacefully in her home June 143, 2018 at the age of 91. She was the last of her immediate family.

Joseph Martin

Joseph Warren Martin died June 11, 2018 after a brief bout with pneumonia.

Van Madden

Van “Dean” Madden died peacefully at home May 19, 2018, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Glenys Ahlers

Glenys Ahlers died on May 31, 2018, in her Enumclaw home. She was 74.

Donald Landskov

Donald “Uncle Don” Landskov, 85, of Seattle, died suddenly on May 6, 2018.

Carol Bogar

Carol Fisher Bogar, 79, of Enumclaw died May 10, 2018, from complications associated with an extended battle with cancer.

Most Read