ROBERT H. "BOB" BRUNELLE ~ Class of 1959
December 31, 1941 - February 13, 2011

Bob Brunelle - 1959

Robert H. "Bob" Brunelle, of Edmonds, WA died on Sunday February 13, 2011, at Providence Hospital Everett. He was born in Crookston, MN, on December 31, 1941, to Harry and Ione Brunelle. He moved with his family to Richland, graduated from Columbia High School in 1959, and attended Columbia Basin College. He moved to Seattle in 1962, and graduated from the University of Washington in Mechanical Engineering. Bob's career as an engineer at Boeing spanned over 40 years, with his retirement in late 2007.

He was an avid cushion shuffleboard player for many years; he enjoyed sporting events, anything to do with computers, and quiet evenings at home.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, one of his seven brothers, Vernon "Bruce" ('62-RIP), and a daughter, Heidi Lynne.

He is survived by his son, Michael James; step-sons, Marc and John Palo; and brothers, Roger ('61) of Huntington Beach, CA, Richard ('65) of Anchorage, AK, James ('66) (Poranee) of Anchorage, AK, Lawrence ('67) (Claudia) of Newport, OR, Gary ('69) (Denise) of Murrieta, CA, and David ('71) (Marti) of Yakima, WA.

Visitation was held on Saturday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Bonney-Watson Funeral Home in, Seattle. Graveside service was held Saturday, February 19, at Holyrood Cemetery in Shoreline, WA, at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert's name to the Alzheimer's Association (

Published in Tri-City Herald on February 17, 2011

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