Robert Wayne "Bob" Kanna

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    - Bob Deal
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    - Mary Shepard
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November 1, 1936 ~ July 2, 2018

Robert "Bob" Wayne Kanna passed away gently the evening of July 2, 2018 following prolonged complications from a stroke he suffered in December 2016. He was delivered into the world as Bobby Wayne Kanna in Vandervoort, Arkansas to Helen Martha Kanna on November 1, 1936, having been the last delivery of the previous night's Halloween witches (or so he always told us). Robert spent his first years of life in Arkansas before moving to Washington with his mother, where he graduated in 1954 from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, WA.
Robert served in the military, having completed his basic training at Fort Ord in California. He enlisted with 4 of his friends, was the only one who wanted to go overseas, but was the only one who did not. He spent the rest of his military enlistment at Fort Riley in Kansas, and was discharged in 1958 with the rank of Sargent. After his discharge, he enjoyed a career in real estate and land development.
Robert was a man who took his time when making important decisions, but once he knew, he knew. And so in 1965, after a distinguished stint as a bachelor, he met the love of his life, Vannette, who he was introduced to in Seattle by Denise Hollloran (his secretary, her best friend), and who he married six months later in Bakersfield, CA. After living in a variety of states, Robert and Vannette returned to Washington and settled down in Vancouver. Together they raised a dachshund named Tojo, who was in fact a very good boy, but then decided they needed a bigger family. In 1975, they were joined by their oldest daughter Jennifer, and then by their youngest daughter Stephanie in 1978. In his later years, he was delighted to have Brooklyn and Benjamin as his grandchildren, both of whom he happily doted on, played tea party with and allowed to style his hair. His final grandchild Fiona came in 2018, just in time to give him someone new to smile about for a time, and he was also delighted to meet his only great-grandchild, Nora.
Family was very important to Robert; it often seemed he didn't have hobbies, but his family was his hobby. He was fiercely protective of his family and did everything he possibly could to provide a wonderful life full of love, opportunities, and experiences (of which he did a very good job). He enjoyed being close with his daughters even after they had grown up, and would often check in to make sure they were safe, ask if they needed anything, and make sure they had taken out the garbage on time.
In 2004, in an effort to make sure his family always had a place to meet, be together, and simply enjoy some relaxation time, he purchased a cabin at Hartstine Pointe, WA (a place in the area he fell in love with after his wife introduced him to the Puget Sound years prior), where he enjoyed many years of family escapes, including time with his wife, his children, his grandchildren, the swarm of "his" deer which populated the island, and a view of Mount Rainier.
Robert had a big heart and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was warm and caring with a smile that could light up a room. He was enthusiastic, talkative, friendly, and welcoming; if you were at his table you were family.
Outside of his family, he enjoyed real estate, talking politics, yelling at the television and spending his weekday and Saturday mornings with his friends "shooting the s***" over breakfast. He was assertive and had no problems speaking his mind or sharing his opinion, which didn't always make everyone happy, but he never felt he needed to make everyone happy.
Robert leaves behind his wife, his two daughters and a son-in-law, his granddaughters and great-granddaughter, his brother, nieces, nephews, and an uncle and aunt.
He now joins his mother and grandson Benjamin on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Northwood Park Cemetery at 11:00 AM.
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Ridgefield, WA 98642
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Published in The Columbian on July 31, 2018
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