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Robert Bardwell
November 20, 1929 - January 7, 2019

Robert Bardwell

Robert Bardwell
Nov 20, 1929 - Jan 7, 2019

Robert Bardwell
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Van W. Casebolt on Jan 20, 2019

It was last spring when I first met Robert LeRoy Bardwell at his family home in West Seattle. Bob was a young 88-year-old man living life and envisioning his future. We would chat and sip coffee as we watched ferries and birds from his kitchen window. His stories told of challenge met with perseverance and character resulting in accomplishment and fulfilment. As I listened to Bob, I heard countless examples of work, loyalty and commitment as he stayed supportively involved with those around him. While the premise of these relationships may have passed, Bob sounded enriched in his service to others. I share a perspective…
As a young man, Bob became married to Evelyn Kime who worked as a nurse in a TB quarantine hospital. In 1955 Evelyn tested positive and became a patient, her chance of survival unknown. Evelyn was also discovered pregnant, an untimely complexity which brought the future into even further question! Lacking good prognosis, it was decided best that if the child should survive, he or she would be placed for adoption. Due to circumstance, total privacy seemed the easiest way. Bob kept her secret safe over the years, a testament to his honor and devotion, yet harbored plans to find this child someday. 62 years later, I found Bob first. I showed Bob pictures of his grandchildren and he showed me his book of Bardwell ancestry. It feels wonderful to have made the connection with Bob and while our time was too short, it was special. He was a good man and would have been a great father. I love Bob. RIP.

Van W. Casebolt
Seattle, Washington
January 19, 2019

Lyle Peterson on Jan 19, 2019

We are remembering one of the most generous men we have ever known. From teen years to the present, we've enjoyed over 60 years of friendship . He was like his father, an old fashioned gentleman. Dealing with physical problems of his own for a lifetime he still put other's needs ahead of his own. Bob was trustworthy and loyal to a fault.

However, back in the day, he hosted a Boy's Night Out for the Seattle Times paper delivery boys , generously sharing a punch bowl full of fruit and home brew. Never having had the "brew" before all were shocked to find walking was nearly impossible. Not wanting to mess up the house, many guests spent the night face down on the lawn. So much for generosity......... The "gang" survived!

Bob was one of Lyle's groomsmen at our wedding in 1955. We were pleased he didn't mess with our get-away car.

You're going to be missed, Bob. People like you don't come around very often.

Fondly, Lyle & Laura Peterson

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