Robert Raymond Sadler

Robert (Bob) Sadler, 93, passed away quietly in his sleep at home early the morning of July 11, 2013. Bob had a full and productive life which reflected his strong values for family and country.

Bob was born outside of Couer d’Alene, Idaho on November 7, 1919. Raised in northern Idaho, he graduated from St. Maries High School in 1937. In 1940 he left Idaho and joined the Army at Fort Lewis and was accepted into the inaugural 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops (87th Mountain Infantry Regiment) which trained at Mt. Rainier and other U.S. posts. His company fought in the Aleutians, the Po Valley and the Apennine Mountains of Northern Italy. As a Platoon Sergeant he earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service. When the war ended he started his career in surveying; working for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads on projects from Montana to New Mexico. In 1947 while in charge of a crew at Yellowstone Park he met his future wife Shirley, a summer park employee. They were married in Sitka, Alaska where he became City Engineer and served in the National Guard of Alaska (rising to Major). In 1955 they returned to the Seattle area where he worked for many years for several surveying and civil engineering companies. Eventually he started his own surveying business in 1973 in Federal Way.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lorraine Sadler, his brother Dick and sister Edna. He is survived by his wife Shirley, his brother Roger (Nancy), his daughters Robin (Brett Bence), Sydney (Dave Olausen), sons Mark (Martha), Bruce (Ingelaurie Lisher), and seven grandchildren.

Bob had an enthusiasm for life, held learning in high regard and went out of his way for others in need. He set high standards for himself in all that he pursued. Bob will be remembered for his immense pride in his family, his dedication and service to his country, his surveying signature throughout the Northwest, his love of Dixieland jazz, his charm and sense of humor.

On Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery a military service will be held. Afterwards, there will be a celebration of Bob’s life and barbeque. Memorial bequests can be made to the 10th Mountain Division Foundation and/or the 10th Mountain Division Descendants Scholarship Program (

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