Robert Alton Turple

turple-webRobert Alton Turple

Bob was born May 29, 1933 in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington to Ransford and Helen Tu7rple.  He passed away on March 15, 2009 after a 2 year battle with cancer.  He graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1951 and attended Washington State University, earning a degree in Civil Engineering in 1955.  He completed advanced engineering studies at the university of Washington and graduated from the Engineer Officers Basic Course at Ft. Belvior, VA in 1957. 

He entered the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and proudly served his country in Vietnam.  After his Army discharge he joined the US Corps of Engineers retiring after 40 years.  During this time he traveled extensively for the Corps, working in such countries as Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Western Europe and the United States.  He always returned to Redmond Washington after a project was completed; before heading off to a new adventure.  During his working years he learned to fly and earned a private pilot’s license. 

In retirement he enjoyed growing crops on his land in Redmond and raising trees for forestry planting.

He leaves a brother, Ellsworth (Patricia); sister, Irene Dooley (Jim) and numerous nephews and nieces.  Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009

At 11:00am at St Jude Catholic Church in Redmond. Interment will be at Cedar Lawns Cemetery in Redmond.

His independent demeanor will be missed.

3 Responses to “Robert Alton Turple”

  • Manuel Napenas says:

    I met and worked with Bob 20 years ago while we were both in Germany. We continued our “long distance friendship” throughout the years after we both left Germany. I will miss his “independent demeanor” and his non-chalant way of describing his trips/adventures throughout the world.
    Just one quick question: How come it took 11 days for the funeral after his death?

  • Patrick Riedl says:

    I use to have coffee with Robert frequently on capital hill. I just tried to look him up and now I see this obit. He called me out of the blue I think it was about a year ago. He just wanted to say hello and maybe goodbye, but did not say that he was ill…very nice adventurous man. I will never forget him…

  • Donald Beattie says:

    He was a cousin of mine; I never met him; corresponded a bit some years back. His grandmother was a Morse and so was my great grandmother. Any one who gets this who is related, I’d like to hear from you. I’m writing achapter or so on the Morses in my book called Westabrook. Thanks. Donald W. Beattie in Winthrop, ME.04364

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