ROBERT ALAN ZETLMAIER
April 26, 1948 ˜ June 13, 2020
Robert was the 4th of 8 children born to Paul Henry Zetlmaier and Margaret Alice Sloan Zetlmaier in San Bernardino, CA. Since the larger extended family already had a “Robert”, a “Rob”, and a “Bob”, our Robert was always known as “Robby”. The family lived in the mountain town of Crestline above San Bernardino and he attended schools there before enlisting in the Army. From 1967-1969 he was stationed in Berlin as a proud member of the 298th Army Band which contributed to his life-long love of music.
After marrying in 1970, Robby lived in Wauwatosa, WI until 1977, when he and his young family moved to Vancouver, WA at the urging of friends. He worked for various roofing companies in the Portland/Vancouver area as well as for Portland Public Schools until retirement in 2010.
Robby never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew him. He loved helping people and would give the shirt off his back to new and old friends. He had a unique sense of humor adding levity to situations with offbeat jokes or colorful remarks. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and had a knack for fixing almost anything. He was most pleased when friends, neighbors, and even strangers came to “Robby’s Garage” for tools, hardware, and advice.
He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church from 1977 until 2015 where he was well known and a frequent volunteer. He also spent time volunteering at Catholic Community Services and St. Vincent de Paul. Robby was a past member and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and enjoyed many boating seasons with the Portland Yacht Club.
In 2015, he moved to Seattle to be closer to his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest son, David.
Robby is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Jon and wife, Megan; and grandson, Evan. Also surviving are 5 brothers: Paul (Anna), Mike (DeeDee), Mark (Kathy), Greg (Francie), and Joe (Kae); and 2 sisters: Margaret, and Marie (Pat) Williams.
Services will be privately held in Seattle due to the pandemic with a Celebration of Life at a later date.
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