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John David Robblee

March 1, 1940 - April 6, 2014
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John David "Dave" Robblee of Seattle passed away peacefully at home in Kirkland on Sunday, April 6, 2014. He struggled with cancer during the past year and a half, and spent his remaining time at home in the care and company of his family and friends. Dave is survived by his wife Anne, and their three children: Tim Robblee and his wife Carolyn of Chicago; Andy Robblee and his wife Michelle of Newcastle; and Beth Soderlund and her husband Aaron of Woodinville. He was very close and devoted to his four grandchildren: Jessica, Jacob, Nathan, and Josh. He was born in Tacoma on March 1, 1940 and adopted by John Henry and Florence Robblee...
John David "Dave" Robblee of Seattle passed away peacefully at home in Kirkland on Sunday, April 6, 2014. He struggled with cancer during the past year and a half, and spent his remaining time at home in the care and company of his family and friends.

Dave is survived by his wife Anne, and their three children: Tim Robblee and his wife Carolyn of Chicago; Andy Robblee and his wife Michelle of Newcastle; and Beth Soderlund and her husband Aaron of Woodinville. He was very close and devoted to his four grandchildren: Jessica, Jacob, Nathan, and Josh.

He was born in Tacoma on March 1, 1940 and adopted by John Henry and Florence Robblee on July 22nd. He grew up in Seattle as the second eldest of six children, the first four likewise having been adopted. Dave graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1958, and Whitworth College with a degree in music education in 1962. He married Jacqueline Neese in June of that year, and after teaching music for a year in the Shoreline School District, moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand to teach at the Presbyterian Mission School. Jacqueline died in 1968. Dave married Anne Pringle in November of 1970 and they raised their three children in Seattle and Bellevue.

Dave joined Six Robblees' Inc., a trucking-parts distributor and supplier based in Seattle, in 1966. He worked first as sales manager, became President in 1976, and held this role until 2000. During this time, Six Robblees' grew from three branch stores within Washington to over fifteen within the five northwestern states. Through his leadership, Six Robblees' became active members in Heavy Duty America Truck Pride (HDATP) and Ascot Tire Supply. In addition, Dave served a term as president of the National Wheel and Rim Association from 1985-1986.

In addition to being a business owner and employer, Dave was dedicated to Christian service and volunteered for numerous organizations. In retirement, he valued working with World Vision's micro-enterprise projects and was able to travel to observe the impact of these projects in communities throughout the world. He also was active at the Bread of Life Mission in Seattle, for which he served as chairman of the Board of Directors. Previously, he was active in such organizations as Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bridge Ministries for Disability Concerns, the Boy Scouts, and Newport Covenant Church. He served on the board of Trustees for Whitworth University from 1983 until his death. In his free time, he enjoyed membership in the Rainier Golf and Country Club and Seattle Yacht Club.

A memorial service will be held at Newport Covenant Church, 12800 Coal Creek Parkway SE, Bellevue on Saturday, April 12 at 2:00pm.

The family requests that memorials be sent directly to World Vision (www.worldvision.org) in Dave's memory.

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"I hadn't seen Dave for years, but I have terrific memories of his introducing me to the OK Lunch on Spokane Street. What a great friend!" Bill Rabel (Seattle, WA)

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