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Vancouver Funeral Chapel

110 East 12th Street, Vancouver, WA

OBITUARY

Fallen Warrior SSG Robert Wade Looney

1 May, 196722 February, 2020
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Fallen Warrior SSG Robert Wade Looney United States Army, 52, passed away on February 22, 2020 at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He and his identical twin was born in Portland, Oregon on May 1, 1967 to Wallace and Sharron Looney. He graduated from Mountain View High School in Vancouver, Washington in 1985. A man who sought his own adventures and desire to serve his country, Robert joined the Navy after high school and proudly served for six years.

After the Navy, he joined the Army in 2006 until his passing. Robert earned the following while serving: Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, three Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M Device, two Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Collapse Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qual Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge, and Basic Marksmanship Qual Badge.

Ireland was an adventure Robert went on with his girlfriend, Shelly. He also enjoyed his time in Japan, Australia and other places in the world. Robert enjoyed many genres of music, John Wayne movies, photography, computers, and brewing beer. He loved the Mariners and was obsessed with his Seahawks. Robert is survived by his mother, Sharron; son, Elliot (Osjlen); daughters, Katie, Megan (Matthew) and Emily; grandchildren, Braxton, Eythan, Aspen and Michael; and sisters, Becky and Vicki. He was preceded in death by his father, Wallace; and brother, Scott.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Vancouver Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Robert's life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Vancouver Funeral Chapel. Robert will be laid to rest with full military honors on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 1:30 p.m., Willamette National Cemetery.

Please view his memorial and sign his guest book's at www.vancouverfuneralchapel.net and www.columbian.com/obits

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 4 March , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, 5 March , 2020

  • Graveside Service with Full Military Honors

    Thursday, 5 March , 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, 5 March , 2020

Memories

Fallen Warrior SSG Robert Wade Looney

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Erik Roman

10 April 2020

I miss you my brotha. You have a great soul, always kind and looking out for your family and friends. I will always cherish our memories. See you again.

CAROLYN HANDLOS

16 March 2020

Our prayers and sympathy to the family and friends of Robert. I had several Daimler warranty classes with Robert as my instructor. He was a great instructor and relayed to his students his enthusiasm for the jobs at hand. We did hang out after one of the classes with a couple of other people and enjoyed hearing the many stories he had to tell. He will be missed.

Gary Cutting

15 March 2020

I worked with Robert at Frieghtliner(Western Star)Truck Manufacturing Plant for a few years.He had a great smile and his high voice could be herd from a distance.He was motivated and determined to complete any task at hand.Thank you Robert for serving our great country and being a friend.RIP.

Stacy Gill

11 March 2020

I met Robert at a Daimler warranty training class about 5 yrs ago and have enjoyed each additional time in which he instructed the class. He was a kind, energetic and all around nice acquaintance.
My thoughts are with his family with his passing.

Shane Long

9 March 2020

I met Robert during a warranty training class at Daimler Corporate back in 2017 and although it was only a 2 day event he was one of those people that left a strong impression with me. Robert Looney was a pretty cool guy and I am sad to hear of his passing at a young 52 years. My thoughts are with his family and friends. ~ Shane

Marla Snyder

5 March 2020

I only had the pleasure of meeting Robert once for a two day warranty training seminar. What a unique , warm and friendly individual. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing . My sincere condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

Lestan Loomis

5 March 2020

Robert was a pleasure to work with at the Western Training Center on Swan Island. I enjoyed peeking in on him in his classroom, headphones in, jamming out working on an engine, and in his own world. I could not dare disturb him. I admired him for his dedication to his instructing profession.

He got along with everyone. He was always the person you could depend on to meet your eyes with his, to share a quick nod, and say a genuine good morning. He was sooooo good at making people feel comfortable and at ease. The last time I asked him for help is very clear in my mind. He could not have been more willing. It was so refreshing to work with Robert, not just as a colleague but a good human being.

Speaking with Robert, I could tell he was proud of his military service, and due to that and his distinct character, I always had and will always have tremendous respect for his courage and sacrifices - characteristics that I will never understand their full depth.

I shared a kinship with Robert, coming from the plant as he did, and sharing many conversations, so I feel very lucky today to have known him the little I did, and to team up with him over the past few years. I wish the best for Robert's mother and family. I hope these words brought some measure of comfort.

Chaunda VanTassel

5 March 2020

I met Robert a little over a year ago my first day on my new job at Daimler. His friendly, bright energy stood out to me immediately. Over the months we became work friends and then real friends. We spent time hanging out after work, having a beer and talking about everything under the sun.

When he left to do his year at Fort Lewis we kept in frequent contact. He was the one I would send silly memes to and pictures. We were both on a journey to better fitness and always encouraging each other.

I was really looking forward to him coming back to the area and to work. He was one of those people that make work a better place; a friendlier, happier place. He is very missed and will continue to be so.

Nicole Atherton

4 March 2020

Sincerest condolences to Robert's family and friends. I only had the pleasure of meeting him twice for DTNA training classes, but you could immediately see that he was passionate about his career; both with Daimler and in the military. He told some great stories and knew how to keep things fun and light! His knowledge and personality will certainly be missed at the next class.

Rhayme Johnson

4 March 2020

Robert was a great trainer. He had great enthusiasm for his work. Our condolences to the family.
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