Robert Hebert, 95, of Auburn, Washington, passed away on November 15, 2022, surrounded by family.
He was born to parents Louis and Marguerite, on June 21, 1927, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He moved to Washington State at a young age and joined the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII with an honorable discharge in 1946 from active duty and in 1952 from the Naval Reserve. He was honored to serve his country aboard both the USS Arenac and the USS Natoma Bay, specializing in ship maintenance/Carpenter’s Mate Third Class, and receiving the WWII Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal of Honor. He went on to have a long career as an aerospace mechanic and finance estimator for Boeing, retiring in 1987 after 38 years.
He married Dorothy, the love of his life, who preceded him in death in 1994. Together they built a home in Ocean Shores where they and family and friends vacationed for many years. Robert was a very skilled craftsman, building furniture for the home, helping others with their home projects, and was an accomplished winemaker. He had many interests which he excelled at and shared with his family and friends. He is survived by his children, all residing in Washington State – Joyce Palmer of Renton, Larry Hebert of Olympia, Theresa Hebert Crozier of Auburn, Rose Ann Hebert of Auburn, and John Hebert of University Place. He delighted in his grandchildren Kelly Rickenbach of Renton, Patrick Hebert of Puyallup, Loren and Chris Palmer of Renton, and Lisa Palmer of Kodiak, AK, and in his seven great-grandchildren.
Robert is best remembered for family gatherings, pool parties, and for his love and kindness toward all he met. He con- sidered many his extended family. His love of poker and a keen sense of intellect and wit was evident in his everyday life. An avid golfer and sports fan he loved watching football and baseball with an occasional soccer match for variety.
A private Celebration of Life will be held by family members in the coming month. The family asks that you remember him by expressing your kindness and love toward one another each day. We consider it his greatest legacy.