Memorial services for Robert M. “Bob” Envick will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Steward & Williams Funeral Home with burial and military honors to follow at the High Valley Cemetery. Dr. Envick, a longtime Ellensburg resident and professor at CWU, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the age of 83.
Bob was born on August 1, 1936 in Pilger, Nebraska to Maynard & Wilma (Doty) Envick. He grew up in Nebraska, spending most of his younger years in the Kearney area and graduated high school in 1954. He attended college at Kearney State University before joining the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1963.
Bob met his wife Barbara on a blind date in Riverside, California in the spring of 1958 and they married in August that same year. After several moves around the country as Bob was completing his military service and higher education, he and Barbara made Ellensburg their permanent home in 1972. In addition to teaching industrial technology, Bob was also responsible founding the flight tech program at Central Washington University. He retired from Central in the late 1990’s.
He will be remembered by his family as a loving man who enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his children and, especially, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In recent years, he and Barbara enjoyed the very special time with their daughter, Shelley, who moved in to be their caregiver so they could continue to live at home despite declining health.
Bob is survived by his children Shelley Envick of Ellensburg, Eric (Krista) Envick of Des Moines and Kari (Richard) Day of Burlington; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren with two more on the way. His brother Don Envick of Kearney, Nebraska also survives. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 61 years – the true love of his life - Barbara, who passed away just over four months ago to the day.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s honor are suggested to Hospice Friends, 302 E. 2nd Avenue in Ellensburg. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of KVH Hospice for their care and guidance during this difficult time.
Steward & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Ellensburg has been entrusted with caring for Bob’s family. Online condolences may be left at www.steward-williams.com
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