PORTLAND - Robert "Bob" Bichsel passed away in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 18, 2004. Born in Tacoma on July 27, 1941, he was the son of Robert E. and Dorothy (Klinge) Bichsel.
He spent the majority of his early life in the Tacoma area, attending Holy Rosary Elementary School and Bellarmine High School. He later went on to graduate from Seattle University earning a bachelor's degree in teaching.
In 1963, Mr. Bichsel married Norma Mendoza, and they lived in Lakewood until moving to Poulsbo in 1969, where he taught middle school for 11 years. During this time, he also chartered ocean salmon trips from Ilwaco. His great love for the ocean and fishing inspired him to move to Alaska, where he and Norma fished commercially for seven years. Because of his love for people, he successfully owned and operated Jack's Tavern in Auburn from 1986 until 1997.
His last move was to Long Beach where he went into development, designing and building residential homes which were his pride, as well as an asset to the community.
Mr. Bichsel's gentle, kind, and humorous ways endeared him to so many people, and he will be dearly missed. Survivors include his loving wife, Norma; daughter, Susan and her husband, Michael Raftery; grandchildren, Michael and Alicia; his mother, Dorothy Bichsel; sister, Glenadine Hoglund, numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 24, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Guadalupe House, Attn.: Father Bill Bichsel, 1417 South "G" St., Tacoma, WA 98405. (The Guadalupe House is an organization which provides temporary housing to the homeless.)