Robert Jack Stapleton

January 5, 1935May 17, 2018
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Robert “Bob” Stapleton entered into rest May 17, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born January 5, 1935 in Yakima, WA to Cleo and Helen (Hauer) Stapleton. The family moved from Yakima, WA to Kellogg, ID where Bob attended grade school and also graduated from High School.

After High School, Bob worked at Bunker Hill mines where he started his electrical apprenticeship at the age of 19. Bob moved to Spokane to finish his apprenticeship where he joined the IBEW 73 and was a member for 60 years. He was involved in many organizations, Irvin Water District #16 for 18 years, a member of the Elks Lodge and social groups where he played cards and socialized with friends. Bob’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his loving wife Roberta “Bobbie’ Stapleton, sister Myra Ventjer, daughters Faith Stickler (Dave), Cindy Bergeron, Linda Beck, Laurie Cumber, sons Greg Stapleton (Jennifer), Mike Cumber (Diane Olson). Bob’s legacy includes his 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, all of whom Bob loved dearly. He was preceded in death by parents Cleo and Helen (Hauer) Stapleton, brothers Pete and John Stapleton, sister Rosemary Stapleton, and sons Dennis and Eric Stapleton.

There will be a private family interment.

Bob’s family invites his friends and relatives to join them in celebrating his life at a lunch reception to be held August 4, 2018 at the Millwood Presbyterian Church Venue Center, 8863 E. Euclid Ave., Millwood, WA

In lieu of flowers please send donations in Bob Stapleton’s name to IBEW #73, Brotherhood of the Sick and Needy, 1616 N. Washington St., Spokane, WA 99205 or to the ALS Service Org., P.O. Box 48177, Spokane, WA 99228-1177 or your favorite charity.


  • Robert Stapleton Reception Saturday, August 4, 2018

Robert Jack Stapleton

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Myra ---

September 19, 2018

My name is Myra. I'm Bob's younger sister. Let me tell you something about Bob.
Our grandma raised Bob, Pete, and Rosemary. Our younger brother and me were put into foster care.
The summer that Bob and Rosemary moved to Kellogg, ID, Bob rode his bike out to the farm to tell us goodbye. It took all day because the farm was 9 miles from town, so he spent the night; we took him home the next morning. The next time I saw Bob was when he came back to Yakima for Pete's wedding in 1954. He stayed for awhile, then he moved back to Kellogg.
Bob's first job with Bunker Hill was in the mine. He lasted one day. There was a rock blast and it hit Bob, so he told his boss he was done. His next job was at the Zinc plant, where he started his electrical apprenticeship. When Bunker Hill went on strike in 1960, Bob moved to Spokane, WA with his family, where he lived the rest of his life.

Ken Brown

September 19, 2018

I met Bob when I got in Local 73 as an apprentice. I worked around him on a couple jobs and noticed he was a pretty good guy. I noticed Bob was always the one to get people together to help someone in need. He was always there to head up a fundraiser or social event. And even after he retired, he kept it up, being involved with the local and helping out. For me, Bob was an example of what it means to be an IBEW member. Professional, hard-working, and always there to help others.

Bailey ---

September 19, 2018

My greatest memory of Grandpa Bob will always be when my parents dropped me off at their house right before Christmas when I was about 8 or 9 or so. Me and Grandpa spent the afternoon talking about Legos and Star Wars together. I'll never forget that memory or the importance it lays in my heart. We are gonna miss you greatly Grandpa.

Jennifer ---

September 19, 2018

I will always remember Bob for his warm smile and sense of humor. He could light up a room and was so welcoming to me from the moment I first met him. I caught on to the sense of humor early on when he pulled away in his truck one day with a "Beer Drinkers Make Better Lovers" bumper sticker. He was a man full of life.

Morgan Stapleton

September 19, 2018

Every year before Christmas growing up, Grandpa would take us to Golden Corral for dinner. I loved all the food and spending time with my family. You will be missed Grandpa.

Greg ---

September 19, 2018

When I was 14 years old, my Dad took me to a 5 night Hunter's Education class (which was great in itself) but what makes a great memory is the fact that after the class, he took us to Dairy Queen for ice cream! Not sure who enjoyed that more!

Helen Dunlap

September 19, 2018

As the office manager of the Irvin Water District, I had the joy of knowing and working with Bob for almost 20 years. He was always there for us, even after his retirement. Always good for a joke, a story, and a laugh. And always able to come over (after breakfast) to review a document. We all appreciated and enjoyed him so much!

Jerry Rosenbaum

September 19, 2018

I've known Bob from the IBEW and work and meeting at breakfast places. He was a good man and will be missed a lot.

Barb Vally

September 19, 2018

I met Bob about 30 years ago - probably at an IBEW #73 picnic. Bob worked alongside my husband, Gordon Vally and they spent many hours together at IBEW functions. Bob was a wonderful person, goodhearted and we loved it when he would share his fish at the picnics.
Love to all the Stapleton family,
Barb Vally

Gordon Vally

September 19, 2018

I have known Bob since I worked with him when I was a second year apprentice. We worked together on several jobs, the last job we worked together on was the Spokane Arena. Bob's last job before he retired from the IBEW. The last time I saw him was at our Christmas party for local #73.