Robert “Bob” Louis Kaunike, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Jan. 31, 2013 at the age of 80. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on May 18, 1932 to Henry Harry and Edna Clara Bertha (Neibur) Kaunike.
Robert was raised and attended school in Fairmont, West Virginia and graduated in 1951. After high school, he began college and later transferred to West Virginia University, where he graduated in 1956.
After graduation, Bob worked for the U.S. Forest Service and was stationed at the Mineral Ranger Station. Some of his duties at the Mineral Ranger Station were surveying, blazing roads and timber sales. While there, he met Linda Lee Wixson. They wed on June 10, 1961 at Morton.
On Oct. 23, 1956, Robert was inducted into the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany for two years. Upon his honorable discharge, Robert returned to the Mineral Ranger Station before being transferred to the Tieton Ranger Station for six years. Following transfers included the Quilcene Ranger Station for the five years and the Tillamook, OR station for four years. Robert’s final transfer was to Colville, where he finished out his 32-year career with the U.S. Forest Service as a land and property rights specialist. He retired 1988.
Robert had a love for the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hunting, hiking and also did a little fishing. During the winters, Linda and Robert enjoyed traveling to see their family by the means of pulling their camp trailer around the country from Washington to the East Coast, Florida, West Virginia and Ari¬zona.
Robert also enjoyed yard work and keeping the neighborhood shoveled while at home during the winter.
He is survived by his wife Linda of 51 years, Linda Kaunike, at the home; two sons, Steve and his wife, Donna, Cortland, OH; Tim and his wife, Dawn, Yulee, FL; sisters, Jane Dawson and her husband, Lawrence, Rawlings, MD; Judith Vandervender, Glendale, WV; four grandchildren, Samantha, Michelle, Daniel and Jacob.
At Robert’s request, no funeral service will be held.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Colville Food Bank.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.