Bob Karels Alsin
March 19, 1929 – October 31, 2019
Bob Karels Alsin passed away at age 90 on October 31, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Born March 19, 1929, in Juneau Alaska, Bob grew up in Redmond and graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1947. He attended Seattle University until he was drafted into the Army in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart Betty Jean Swanson and was soon sent to Korea to fight on the frontline, including the Punch Bowl. After honorably serving he returned home and opened BK Alsin Imports on Sixth Avenue, pioneering Scandinavian furniture and gifts in the Seattle area, and art showings of emerging local artists. In 1964, he opened Islandia Furniture on Mercer Island, and at various times owned ten stores throughout Washington and Oregon including Bob Alsin Antiques, contributing European antiques to the Street of Dreams, PONCHO, and Designer Showhouse. He resided on Mercer Island for many years, raised his family with wife Betty, enjoyed spending time with friends at the Mercer Island Beach Club, playing tennis and golf, he was a big sports fan, later he enjoyed bird watching from his waterfront condo in Kirkland. He was a kind and gentle man, and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by sister Juneau Chagall, children Dean Alsin, Tenley Tobin (Jim), Tracy Lakey (Kevin), grandchildren Kelsi, Travis, Sean, Christina.
Donations can be made in his honor to National Parkinson's Foundation - https://www.parkinson.org/.
- Graveside Service Friday, November 15, 2019