Robert Herman Yanish

February 9, 1942January 31, 2021

Robert Herman Yanish passed away January 31, 2021 in Centralia, WA at the age of 78 years old. Robert was born on February 09, 1942 in Valley City, North Dakota. He is the son of Herman and Lila (Ratzlaff) Yanish. Robert received his elementary education in Cuba, ND and then graduated at St. Catherine's Catholic High School in Valley City, North Dakota in 1960. Robert worked for different farmers around the Cuba area before enlisted in the Army in 1961. Robert Spent one tour in Korea and then Honorably discharged in 1967. Afterwards, Robert moved to Eureka, California where he worked in a plywood testing laboratory for the America Plywood Association. He then moved to Medford, Oregon where Robert met the love of his life, Susan Carol Carpenter. They were engaged on July 13, 1968 and married November 2, the same year. Together Robert and Susan had a son, Jeffrey Robert who was born February 9, 1971 on his dads birthday. Robert worked for Western Beverage for 30 years in Medford, Oregon. After retirement, they moved to Adna, WA where their son Jeff is living.

Robert enjoyed an adventure to Canada on a hunting trip with Jeff, his friends and hunting partners. Robert always enjoyed working in his yard and around the property where he, friends and family built a barn that stands in place today keeping his critters warm and dry. One of Robert's favorite pastimes was taking care of Dan and Robin (his Belgian Draft horses), along with his donkey, goats, chickens and dogs. Robert enjoyed giving hay rides at the local pumpkin patch to children and families to enjoy. Bob and Sue always appreciated their trips back to North Dakota to visit family and friends. Bob and Sue took care of friend's children while parents were working. (Brock, Jessie and Alyssa). Appreciated their time with Bob and Sue The children called them Papa and Nanny often coming back to spend time with Bob and Sue as they were growing.

Bob is survived by his wife Susan Yanish of Adna, WA and son Jeff Yanish, also of Adna, WA; step grandsons, Adam (Jessica) Hart of Adna, WA and Lucas Hart of Centralia, WA and step great grand daughter, Gracie Hart of Adna, WA.

Brothers: David (Marlene) of West Fargo, North Dakota; Raymond (Julie), Now Salem North Dakota and Gary (Carmen) of Fargo, North Dakota.

Sisters: Phyllis Kramer of Dickey, North Dakota and Janice McKensie of Harrisburg, South Dakota along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Robert is proceeded in death by his parents Herman and Lila Yanish, his brother in-law Darrel Kramer, and niece Debra Schwehr.

A Military Service: February 26, 2021 at 11:30 AM (PT) at Sticklin Funeral Chapel Centralia, WA. The service will be live streamed.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys Town at


  • Teresa Reimer
  • Adam & Lucas Hart
  • Brock & Travis Boone
  • Alyssa Dickinson
  • Jesse Gunther
  • Ron Parker
  • Bernie Storm


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021


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Brenda Boettcher

February 26, 2021

As a child Bob and Sue lived next door it was always fun to play over there with Jeff as an adult living if next door Bob was always out with his dog Jesse playing fetch always enjoyed chatting w him always had the best yard. Even when they moved my kids know the house as bobs house and it’s never changed thoughts are with the family today!

Larry and Elsie Carpenter and Family

February 7, 2021

We remember:
**Bob as a steadfast provider, loving father and devoted husband.
**His barbecuing skills and fondness for his animals.
**Our family fun times snowmobiling in the back country.
Bob is gone, but these memories remain forever in our hearts.

Larry Danielson

February 7, 2021

Growing up with Robert and family back in Cuba, North Dakota was a special time for all of us. Condolences to those remaining. Larry Danielson

Sandy Yanish

February 6, 2021

So sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. I am so proud to have called you my father in law for 20 years. May you rest easy Bob. We will see you again.