ROBERT CLARENCE MESSNER

05/22/1934 — 06/24/2004

From Richland, WA, US | Born in ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

ROBERT CLARENCE MESSNER

Dr. Robert C. Messner, 70, died peacefully surrounded by the family on June 24, 2004. He was born May 22, 1934 to Clarence and Hazel Messner in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His childhood was spent in Grosse Pointe. In 1952 he entered the University of Michigan, receiving a B.S. degree in 1956 and a Doctor of Medicine in 1960. After medical school, he completed an internship and an internal medicine residency at Presbyterian Medical Center and the University of Colorado in Denver. While in Denver he met and married, Nancy Meade. The marriage was blessed with two sons, Douglas and Mark. The family moved in 1968 to Ellensburg, W A, where Bob practiced general and internal medicine for 17 years. In 1985 Bob and Nancy moved to the Tri-Cities. He practiced urgent care medicine at KGH Urgent Care until shortly before his death.

Along with his passion for medicine, Bob was an avid mountain climber; his climbing adventures took him around the world. One of the highlights of his climbing and medical career was serving as the physician on a K2 expedition in the Himalayas of Pakistan. He had multiple successful ascents of Mt. Rainier. In later years Bob and Nancy shared their passion for traveling and photography including, an African photographic safari.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Nancy, his sons Doug Messner Karen Caruso of St. Charles, Illinois; Mark Messner Kristin of Ellensburg; grandson Bryce Messner of Ellensburg. He is also survived by his sister Diana Siefker of Noblesville, Indiana, and extended family and friends here and elsewhere.

A celebration of his life will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church Richland at 1:30 PM, Thursday July 1, 2004. In lieu of flowers, remembrances and donations may be made to the Benton-Franklin Humane Society, the Tapteal Greenway, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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  • My family and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Bob.

    I have always had the highest regard and professional respect for Dr. Messner. He was a man of ethics and moral values.

    My famly and I will keep him in our thoughts and prayers. Bob Messner will be sorely missed.

    Dr. Raymond Kania
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • Our community has suffered a great loss with the passing of Dr. Messner. I truely loved this man, he was a gentle, kind and compassionate Doctor that I have known since 1987 and personally will miss seeing at KGH Clinic. My deepest sympathies to Dr. Messners’ Family.

    Fredericka Edgerton
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Expressions of sympathy to the family of Dr. Messner. He was a nice man in addition to being a good doctor. He never seemed to be measuring his minutes with his patients and he was approachable about every concern and straightforward and clear in conversation. His patience and kindness will be deeply missed.

    Marcia Elovich
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • We will miss Dr. Messner. When we went to the urgent care center – we always asked for him and liked his down to earth way. Our condolences to his family.

    Richard & Rita Harris
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • My family and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Bob.

    I have always had the highest regard and professional respect for Dr. Messner. He was a man of ethics and moral values.

    My famly and I will keep him in our thoughts and prayers. Bob Messner will be sorely missed.

    Dr. Raymond Kania
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • Our community has suffered a great loss with the passing of Dr. Messner. I truely loved this man, he was a gentle, kind and compassionate Doctor that I have known since 1987 and personally will miss seeing at KGH Clinic. My deepest sympathies to Dr. Messners’ Family.

    Fredericka Edgerton
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Expressions of sympathy to the family of Dr. Messner. He was a nice man in addition to being a good doctor. He never seemed to be measuring his minutes with his patients and he was approachable about every concern and straightforward and clear in conversation. His patience and kindness will be deeply missed.

    Marcia Elovich
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • We will miss Dr. Messner. When we went to the urgent care center – we always asked for him and liked his down to earth way. Our condolences to his family.

    Richard & Rita Harris
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Nancy and family,

    There are no words that can express what Dr. Messner meant to this community, his patients, and the staff at Urgent Care. I was very privileged to work with him during my years at the Kennewick Public Hospital District. He touched and saved so many lives during his years at the Urgent Care and he will be sorely missed. He was an extremely dedicated individual and I feel so blessed to have known him. His patients loved him so that they would often call before coming in to see if he was “on” that day. There will never be another “Dr. Messner”.

    My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Connie Curiel
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • THOSE WHO BLOOM IN THE HEARTS OF OTHERS NEVER FADE AWAY…

    MAY YOU FIND COMFORT & STRENGTH IN YOUR MEMORIES…

    I ENJOYED WORKING DR MESSNER

    HE WAS VERY KIND PERSON I WILL MISS HIM.

    EVA PUENTE
    November 4, 2014
    PASCO, WA, US
  • Dear Nancy & family,

    Please accept my sympathy, condolences, and prayers for the loss of your husband and father, Dr. Messner. He was a fine man and excellent doctor and I enjoyed working him during all my years at KGH. May god bless you and your family during this time of loss.

    Chuck DeGooyer
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA, US
  • My sympathy to Dr.Messner’s family. I enjoyed working with him at KVCH. He was always kind and good to his patients and the staff he worked with. It was a pleasure knowing him.

    Vi Devlin
    November 4, 2014
    Ellensburg, WA, US