Robert Jack Terrell | Obituary

Robert Jack Terrell | Obituary

Robert Jack Terrell

July 30, 1921 – September 2, 2020

Robert Terrell, former Auburn

elementary school principal,

passed away at the age of 99.

Robert was born and lived in

Anacortes, WA until joining

and serving in the Navy during

World War II from March

1942 to August 1946. He was

stationed in Brazil working

as an Aviation Radioman in

the belly of PBY airplanes. He

married the love of his life,

Josephine Barcott, in Memphis, Tennessee

March 10, 1945. Soon after Bob attended

Western Washington University majoring in

Education. Bob and Jo lived and grew their

family in Auburn, WA where Bob started

as a 4th grade teacher, later becoming an

elementary school principal at several schools

in Auburn. After retirement he enjoyed

playing golf, traveling, gardening, and

spending time with his grandchildren and

great-grandchildren. Bob, and his cherished

dog Gracie, lived his final years at Cedar

Ridge Retirement home in Bonney Lake.

Bob’s mind stayed sharp to the end. He was

interested in current events

and politics and enjoyed all

sports on TV. He was kind and

thoughtful and well-liked by


He was preceded in death by

his parents Henry C and Bertha

Brokens Terrell, and his beloved

wife of 72 years Josephine


He is survived by children

Robert F Terrell (Merribeth),

Susan Berntson (Brent), Laurie Degnan

(James), grandchildren, Brian Berntson, Stacy

Owens (Jason), James Degnan, Jay Degnan,

Jennie Elliott (Jake), great grandchildren

Samantha and Cooper Owens and Skyla

Elliott, and many nieces, nephews, and


A private (due to Covid-19) funeral mass

will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church

on September 23, at 10:00 A.M. followed by

internment at Tahoma National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local

food bank or the American Heart Association.