Strate Funeral Home


Robert "Bob" T. Zaren

December 1, 1945June 18, 2021

Robert T. “Bob” Zaren (75) Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, passed away Friday afternoon, June 18, 2021 in Grand Coulee, Washington. Born Saturday December 1, 1945 to Anthony P. & Mary Teresa Zaren in Little Falls, Minnesota; Bob enlisted in the US Navy in 1963, completing his tour of active duty as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class on the Destroyer USS Soley (DD707) in 1966. On Friday, November 21, 1969, Bob married Ann Voshall in McMinnville, Oregon. Following his retirement as a “Papermaker” (aka: Paper Machine Operator Technician) with Ponderay Newsprint Company in Newport, Washington, Bob and Ann moved to Coulee City, Washington where Bob became a member of the “Holy Angel Catholic Church”. He was an active member of the “American Legion Post #28” in Ephrata, Washington, Member of “Ducks Unlimited”, and a Life Member of the “National Rifle Association.” For several years, Bob and Ann have spent the winters at their home in Salome, Arizona. When relaxing at home, Bob enjoyed reading and watching “Law & Order”, “NCIS” and “Blue Bloods” - along with other programs. He enjoyed a good game of cards including “31” and “3 Card Poker”, going hunting and…’FISHING.’ Well…all who knew Bob, understood that second only to spending time with his family whom he adored, Bob Loved to spend time fishing more than just about any other activity.

Predeceased by both of his parents; grandson: Zach; brother: Jim and sister: Marianne; Bob is survived by his loving wife and his best friend of over 51 years: Ann Zaren. Their legacy lives on through their children: Michael (Kathi), Mary (Greg), Anthony (Genesse) and Susan (Shawn); eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and his sister: Geraldine Degenstein, of Tacoma; Brother-laws: Jerry Engh of Ocean Park. Jerry, Doug, Duane and Richard Smith; as well as many nieces and nephews

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is caring for the family. Memories and expressions of caring may be shared with Ann and family at


  • Robert Stuart, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steve Beachy, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Don Raymond, Honorary Pallbearer


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Robert "Bob" T. Zaren

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Leigh Ross

July 6, 2021

Zaren Family,
I am truly saddened for your loss. Bob was one of the great ones and will be missed by many.

You are in my thoughts and prays. May the lord bless and keep you until you are with Bob once more.

With Sympathy.

Leigh Lawrence Ross and Family.