Robert Kay Merrell

Aug 8, 1948 - Jun 27, 2007

Obituary

Robert K. MERRELL
Bob left us prematurely at the age of 58. Born August 8, 1948. Passed Away June 27, 2007. Loving father, companion, and dear friend. A true entrepreneur, he started and ran several marine related businesses over the course of 35 years. His many hobbies included flying, boating, racing cars, skiing, sports cars, and his favorite by far – dancing. He had an amazing enthusiasm and passion for life. An outstanding role model for everyone that had the privilege to know him. He has continued an incredible legacy that is passing down through generation after generation. He loved people – He loved life – He loved to dance. He is survived by his son, John Lyle, and daughter, Elizabeth Leigh, and a multitude of loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held Sunday July 8, 2007 at 11:00AM at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial Park, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac. Please sign the online memorial guest book at www.bonneywatson.com and share your precious memories. Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, www.pancan.org in his name.

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Jim Kaminski
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Jim Kaminski

Bob joined my Lamborghini club via mail in the early 1980’s. 25 years passed before we met. I took a trip to Seattle in Sept,2006 and looked up one of my fellow Lamborghini enthusiasts-Bob. He took me out for a cruise around Lake Washington. including lunch at a waterfront cafe. It was one of my few boat rides in life. Shortly after I assisted him in his quest to buy a Lamborghini Countach, and he got his dream car shortly before he passed away. I was also a long time friend of Chris Holl, and can realize how much Chris… Read more »

Chris Holl
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Chris Holl

It’s now four months to the day that Bob passed away. I haven’t take off the PanCan silicon bracelet – not that I need to wear it to be reminded of Bob. I think of him quite often, and miss him very much. Sadly, all of my photos of Bob were stolen. I had brought them to Seattle with me for the funeral, and my rental car was broken into and everything was taken. Fortunately, Bob’s family gave me copies of many photos, but it’s not the same as having mine. Over 4,000 people have now seen Bob’s web page… Read more »

Dena Levine
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Dena Levine

Bob was a wonderful person – funny, caring and loyal to those who were in his life. I was sorry to miss the service and I will miss working with Bob and just shooting the breeze. Rest in peace. Dena

Charlie & Diane Long
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Charlie & Diane Long

We have just learned of Bob’s passing. Such great memories we have, though, going all the way back to our days on the swim team at Red Shield Youth Club in West Seattle. Then, years later, meeting again at Western where, our senior year, we shared a delapidated little white house in Bellingham, a house which long ago was bulldozed in favor of fancy condos. There were four of us in that house and we had a running battle over when to buy oil for the tiny stove that was the sole source of heat. Thrifty Bob always maintained that… Read more »

Chris Pfaffenberger
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Chris Pfaffenberger

Bob was a good friend, both at Western Washington University and afterwards in Seattle and Edmonds.

He was an usher at my wedding in November 1972. I have not seen him since then, but think of him often.

Bob was a fun person to be with.

Chris Dahl Pfaffenberger

Peter Lofgren
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Peter Lofgren

Wonderful person, great to work with and a great great sense of humor … will be missed terribly.

Joergen Schade
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Joergen Schade

I am sorry that we will not be able to work together on our Ketchikan dream. He will not be forgotten when the project is completed. My sincere condolances. Joergen Schade

Chuck Foisie
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Chuck Foisie

Bob was a close friend particularly during college. We were roomates for 4 years, learned to fly together. Shared alot of good times. Rest in peace my friend.

Chris Holl
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Chris Holl

Bob was my best friend and role model from 1979 to 1987, when I moved out of Seattle. Even though 20 years have passed, his significant influence on my life remains strong. The world seems a bit empty without Bob, and I will always remember him with great love and appreciation. Although he left us early, he led a very full and rich life worth celebrating. My thoughts and prayers go to his many friends, children John and Beth, ex-wife Mary, and Shannon who cared for him with unfailing dedication. Bob told me how lucky he was to have Shannon… Read more »