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Robert “Bob” Kartes

07/12/1941 — 03/30/2024

From Richland, Washington | Born in Langdon, North Dakota

Robert “Bob” Kartes

Born in Langdon, North Dakota to Clement and Luella Kartes. Bob was raised in Langdon, ND, attended school at St Alphonsus Elementary and High School, graduating in 1959.
Bob enlisted in the US Navy in January of 1960. He served aboard the submarine, USS Rasher until his discharge in January of 1964.

August 22, 1964 he and Verna Gellner were married at St Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, ND.
Following their marriage, Bob and Verna moved to Burien, WA. and then to Des Moines WA. when they purchased their first home.
Bob was employed at Lockheed Shipbuilding Company, formerly Puget Sound Bridge and Drydock, and Verna worked in the OR at Burien General Hospital until they started their family of three children.

Bob stayed with Lockheed Shipbuilding for 24 years, starting as an electrician and retiring as a Production Superintendent when Lockheed closed.
Following a year of commuting to Savannah, Georgia with Lockheed Shipbuilding, Bob was hired at The Boeing Company as a Manufacturing Engineer until his retirement in 2000.

Bob and Verna then proceeded to relocate to Henderson, Nevada where they remained for seven years before settling in Richland, WA.
While in Nevada Bob took up golfing and worked as a course Marshall at Lake Las Vegas Golf Course Resort.
The couple also did extensive traveling to visit friends and relatives in their motorhome.

Bob enjoyed traveling, golfing, running and training for marathons and riding his Harley. (That was on his bucket list)
A great dad, husband and friend to many he will be greatly missed !!

Robert is survived by his wife Verna of 59 plus years, sons Steven and Paul, and daughter Jodi Kartes-Heino. Brothers Larry,
Patrick (Rick) and sister Patricia Melkert.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Curtis, Roger and Douglas.

Inurnment will be at the VA National Cemetery in Tahoma, WA. at a later date to be announced.

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Robert “Bob” Kartes

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  • Bob was a great friend and a great work associate. He will always be remembered as one of the working associates I enjoyed working with the most during my career.
    My sympathy goes out to Verna and his family.

    Orville and Frieda Price
    April 12, 2024
    Seattle, WA.
  • Bob was a good guy and a great friend. We have many fond memories of knowing and being with Bob & Verna over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Verna and family.

    Dave & Nancy Hester
    April 6, 2024
  • I met Bob through my parents, he was a wonderful friend to my mom and dad. I loved his sense of humor, and dad loved the donuts he and Verna always brought when visiting.

    Cheryl Patterson
    April 5, 2024
    Seattle, WA
  • Bob was a great guy – he will be greatly missed. They visited us several time on their way south to the Arizona area. Being as we also are from North Dakota we had a lot in common.

    Doreen Appert
    April 5, 2024
    Dunnigan, California
  • Worked with Bob for 20 years at LSCC. Our families spent a lot of years dirt biking,camping, and rving. Enjoyed our Harley rides

    Steve and Sandy Tolliver
    April 5, 2024
    Port Orchard Wa
  • Bob and I worked together at LSCC for 20 years. Our families enjoyed the many years of camping, dirt biking and traveling together. He will be missed by all.

    Steve and Sandy Tolliver
    April 5, 2024
    Port Orchard
  • Uncle Bob ran with me in 2004 in the Las Vegas marathon. It was my first marathon and he was keeping his promise but he had an injury before we started. Definitely in line with the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Uncle Bob teased me like his own. I will miss him. Signed Yacky

    Jacky Samuels
    April 5, 2024
    Nashville, TN
  • Bob and I started at PSB&DD about the same time. We worked together for many years and became great friends both at work and outside of work. Many happy memories with Bob and Verna. We worked in Svannah together and later at the Boeing co. Bob was a great friend and will be missed forever.
    Condolences to the family

    Rich and Edie Parker
    April 5, 2024
    Prosser wa.
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