Robert Jack Terrell
July 30, 1921 – September 2, 2020
Robert Terrell, former Auburn elementary school principal, passed away at the age of 99. Robert was born and lived in Anacortes, WA until joining and serving in the Navy during World War II from March 1942 to August 1946. He was stationed in Brazil working as an Aviation Radioman in the belly of PBY airplanes. He married the love of his life, Josephine Barcott, in Memphis, Tennessee March 10, 1945. Soon after Bob attended Western Washington University majoring in Education. Bob and Jo lived and grew their family in Auburn, WA where Bob started as a 4th grade teacher, later becoming an elementary school principal at several schools in Auburn. After retirement he enjoyed playing golf, traveling, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob, and his cherished dog Gracie, lived his final years at Cedar Ridge Retirement home in Bonney Lake. Bob’s mind stayed sharp to the end. He was interested in current events and politics and enjoyed all sports on TV. He was kind and thoughtful and well-liked by everyone.
He was preceded in death by his parents Henry C and Bertha Brokens Terrell, and his beloved wife of 72 years Josephine Barcott.
He is survived by children Robert F Terrell (Merribeth), Susan Berntson (Brent), Laurie Degnan (James), grandchildren, Brian Berntson, Stacy Owens (Jason), James Degnan, Jay Degnan, Jennie Elliott (Jake), great grandchildren Samantha and Cooper Owens and Skyla Elliott, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A private (due to Covid-19) funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church on September 23, at 10:00 A.M. followed by internment at Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food bank or the American Heart Association.