SEATTLE - Robert "Rob" Linderman passed away at Swedish Hospital in Seattle surrounded by his family on Friday, April 14, 2006, at the age of 54. The son of Cleon & Wanda Linderman, he was born Aug. 31, 1951, in Seattle and grew up in Centralia.
He and his wife, Linda moved to the Peninsula eight years ago from Bellevue. Owning and operating Eagle's Nest Resort in Ilwaco from June 1997 to June 2002 kept them very busy. A brief move to Welches, Ore., the summer of 2002 to run another campground resort, Mt. Hood Village, was a fun adventure but the beach beckoned them back in March 2003. Mr. Linderman then began working for Trendwest Resorts in Seaside, Ore., as the resort's general manager where he remained until his return to the hospital just last month.
He had many passions including fly-fishing (and fly tying), sports, his family, friends and his faith. As a young boy, he was very interested in airplanes, which led to his obtaining his pilot's license on his 16th birthday even before getting his driver's license. He played football in high school and then at Central Washington University from which he graduated in 1973. The passion for football continued throughout the years and it was with great pride and pleasure that he coached his youngest son, Chris, in Peewee football and then watched him play at Issaquah High School and Pacific Lutheran University. In 2000, Mr. Linderman met Dustin Lamb, then head football coach for Ilwaco High School and he became assistant football coach, which he thoroughly loved.
Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2004, Mr. Linderman was still able to enjoy life despite the cancer for the better part of these last two years.
Survivors include his wife Linda of Seaview; their four children Lisa, Ross, Amy and Chris of the Seattle area, as well as two brothers and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, brothers and sisters-in-law and a host of people who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Mill Creek Foursquare Church in Lynnwood with a reception following at the Edmonds Yacht Club. Please sign the online obituary at bonneywatson.com