Lynn Marie Robke Crutcher

Lynn Marie Robke Crutcher, age 50, died June 19, 2017 after a long and brave battle with brain cancer.

She leaves her husband of 23 years, James (J.K.), son Adam, and daughter Nicole.  In addition, she is survived by her mother, Martha Holthaus Robke, father, Gene Robke, brother John Robke, brother Mark (Angie) Robke and their son Owen, sister Gayle Robke (Mike) Wagoner and their children, Kalen, Justin and Brooke and sister Cheryl Robke (Craig) Loyet and their children, Olivia, Evan and Audrey. Her mother-in-law Lois Lathram Crutcher, and brother-in-law Jon (Deb) Crutcher and children Joe and Jessica, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins also mourn her.

Lynn was born on August 9, 1966 in Breese, Illinois. She graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1984 and received her associate degree in physical therapy from Belleville Area Community College in 1987.

After working briefly in Decatur, Illinois, she moved to the St. Louis area.  Lynn and J.K. met when J.K. was a patient of hers and they were married on September 25, 1993. Her husband took a job in the Seattle area and they moved to Bothell, WA in 1996.

Lynn loved her career as a physical therapy assistant and was well liked and respected by her co-workers and patients.  She enjoyed helping people get better and when she could no longer work, she volunteered at a memory care facility for as long as she could.

Words are inadequate to describe what Lynn meant to those close to her. She was an outstanding mother for Adam and Nicole and always put their needs ahead of hers. After Nicole’s Celiac disease diagnosis, Lynn always went out of her way to make sure Nicole had something safe to eat no matter where she was, and even formed a group dedicated for children with the same allergies. She was always more than willing to wake up at the crack of dawn to go on birding trips/walks with Adam in the morning whether it was rain or shine. Lynn was all anyone could ask for in a spouse; loving, supportive and fun.  She and J.K. had a lot of great times and laughs. Lynn was a wonderful daughter and sister.  Her parents and siblings will always remember her for her cheerful disposition, her outgoing personality, and for her kind, caring nature.  They will forever hold on to memories of Lynn and her beautiful smile.

The family would like to thank everyone who helped in any way, such as bringing meals, taking Lynn to MRI/infusion sessions and Costco, flying out to help take care of her, or the many other things that were done over the last couple of years.  The family would also like to thank Dr. Lynne Taylor, Dr. David Primrose, Dr. Eric Taylor, their staff and Evergreen Hospice.

The memorial service will be held at Kenmore Community Club on July 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, https://www.fredhutch.org/en.html, or the charity of your choice.

5 Responses to “Lynn Marie Robke Crutcher”

  • Rick Sherman says:

    I had known Lynn since we were little kids as we were neighbors and classmates from grade school to high school. She was one of the kindest/gentlest people I’ve ever known. I’m grateful I was able to see Lynn at the benefit and the night they had drinks at Franks in Beckemeyer. She was always trying to stay upbeat. Lynn’s entire family is our thoughts and prayers.

  • Lathy says:

    Lynn was a gracious and kind soul, and I will miss her deeply. It’s so very hard to believe that she isn’t with us.

  • Sherry Johnson Metz says:

    Lynn was one of the first moms I met in Bothell when we moved here 9 years ago and our daughters were in 4th grade. We cheered at softball games together and when I was a little too rowdy, Lynn just laughed. Lynn and Nicole were the first members of the Mother/Daughter (MoDa) book club we started when the girls were in 6th grade, and were “regulars” through our daughters’ senior year in high school. Lynn somehow became more of who she was ‘at the core’ as she lived with cancer — more caring, good-natured, and kind. When I think of her, she is smiling.

  • Debra Crutcher says:

    JK, Adam, and Nicole,

    Jon and I are so very sorry for your loss.
    Lynn seemed so positive throughout her illness.
    She seemed so very strong!!
    I only got to meet her a few times but she seemed so Sweet, Kind, Loving, and a
    Very Strong Woman and Mom.
    Our Deepest Sympathies are with you.
    Please keep in touch!

    With All Our Love,
    Jon & Deb

  • Karen Luebbers Timmermann says:

    Lynn and I grew up as next door neighbors and friends. We attended grade school and high school together. She was always kind and friendly to all. When we entered high school Lynn and I were nervous about meeting new people and blending in. Will always remember Lynn’s advice for me -just smile and say hi to everyone you come in contact with and you’ll be fine. These were words that carried me through and those that I passed onto my own daughter as she entered high school a few years ago . I think of her often and her memory always brings a smile to my face and a hello to strangers ❤️

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