Robert DePaul Ormsby passed away at the age of 68, Sunday, November 15, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Sr. Bob is survived by his mother Jacqueline, wife Lynn, his daughter Shannon, his son Sean, his sister Mary, his son-in-law Jeff, his brother-in-law Dean and nephew, Geoff.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cashmere Schools Foundation, PO Box 177, Monitor, WA. 98836 in memoriam for Bob.
Bob embraced life to the absolute fullest! Growing up in Cashmere, WA picking apples and playing football as a Bulldog for Cashmere High School, Bob could never imagine the incredible life ahead of him. Loving his small town roots, becoming a Husky at the University of Washington, graduating in mechanical engineering, and becoming a pilot in the air force flying his beloved C 141 Starlifter set him on his around the world adventure.
From missions in Vietnam with war wounded, flying Cold Banner presidential support transport, medical evacuations and then being called back to active duty to the middle East in Desert Storm, Lt. Col. Robert Ormsby gave years of invaluable service and contributions to our country.
With his love of airplanes it was then fitting that Bob began his career at Boeing retiring as the facilities director in both commercial and military divisions. Bob was so proud of being an integral part of the airplane business supporting and celebrating the success of all new aircraft. During his long career at Boeing, he was honored to be a part of the expansion of the Museum of Flight closely supervising the Profiles In Courage wing.
Bob also had a passion for supporting endangered animals and was on the Woodland Park Zoo board for 20 years receiving the honor of Director Emeritus. Traveling to see animals in their native habitat was a passion-from Polar bears in remote Churchill, Canada, penguins in Antarctica, panda bears in China, lions in Africa, and koalas in Australia, Bob was a true advocate for conservation.
His own community of Federal Way was also a priority. Bob was a US Swimming meet director, an official in the swimming Goodwill Games and took the lead in bringing the King County Aquatic Center to Federal Way.
Bob belonged to that rare group of people who can say that the bucket list was checked off: be a great husband and father-check, be a great son and brother-check, visit all seven continents-check, own vintage cars-check, give back to the community throughout his life-check, make a difference in the world-check, live his faith by example-check!
Bob, you will be missed beyond words, but we can smile knowing that you are no doubt burning rubber in that next classic car that has caught your fancy!