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Keith & Keith Funeral Home

902 West Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA

OBITUARY

Robert David Dreisbach

September 17, 1943June 23, 2020

Robert David Dreisbach, 76, of Yakima, Washington passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, and his beloved dogs, Molly and Steve on June 23, 2020 as God took his hand to take him to heaven.

Bob is survived by his loving wife Terrie of 56 years, his children and their spouse, Kim and Bobby Vega, Amy and Duane Rike, Nicole and Dave Schrag his son Robert and partner Tiffany, 9 loving grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, a great grandson due in October and 2 nieces. Bob was a very loving, intelligent, stubborn and quick humored husband and father who wanted and expected the best from his children and grandchildren.

Dad was born in Harrisburg, PA on September 17, 1943 to Robert and Mary Louise Dreisbach. He served in the Army for four years; graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and worked at the pharmacy his grandfather owned. He met mom in 1962 at college. They married February 8, 1964, she is and will always be the love of his life. He later became a Special Agent for The Drug Enforcement Agency that would require him to leave Pennsylvania, which he considered his home. After many transfers working DEA, his last move was opening and heading the DEA here in Yakima as well as training new DEA agents and retiring at the age of 50. However, him being an over achiever decided to go back into pharmacy and finally decided to retire for good at the age of 67.

Dad loved music, travel, trains, sports and anything that had to do with history. He enjoyed fishing, boating, golf, playing cards and being around family. He loved flying and had his private pilot's license. He had the utmost respect for all who served in the military, first responders and the American flag which he honored with dignity and respect.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and sister. The family would like to thank Dr. Hazen and Rachel, RN at Memorial ER, Emily and Katie at Cottage in The Meadow and everyone else who cared for him during this time. We could not have asked for better care for mom's husband and our father who was our hero and our inspiration.

At his request, we will be having a graveside burial with only family present. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Salvation Army.

In closing, from Dad, I got a wooden whistle that wooden whistle, I bought a steel whistle that steel wooden whistle then I bought a tin whistle and now I tin whistle.... He is whistling away! We lost a great man.

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Gerry Franciosa

July 13, 2020

To the Dreisbach family...so sorry to hear of your enormous loss...as I read Roberts obit I was amazed at our similarities...I was a DEA agent for 33 years but cannot remember ever coming into contact with Robert...but what I would like to share is the closeness of our lives...I was born in Oct 1943...married to my wife for 56 years have children and grandchildren...I’m a dog lover...and I am presently going through some serious health issues...it’s terrible to lose a loved one but we will always remain in your hearts because of the exemplary life we lived...God Bless Roberts soul...

Nancy Luna

July 6, 2020

Oh I was Shocked to see this and saddened. Mr. Bob who only loved to worked With me 😊 I knew How to handle him I loved his stories when was in the DEA Times. I learned a lot from him. And he loved his family. We once talked that we ain’t perfect and just enjoy life. Kiddo was my name and I appreciated that he enjoyed to work together and trust me. And his lovely wife Terri I keep you in my prayers. He will be missed..

Shannon Rodriguez

July 5, 2020

Bob was my preceptor at Top Foods pharmacy in 2010. On the first day, he told me that he wasn’t going to like me and didn’t want me around. When I asked him why he took students if he didn’t want them, he said it was corporate’s thing. That same day, he told me that pharmacy wasn’t a good career, and that when customers asked how to find any grocery item I was to tell every one of them “it’s certainly not in the pharmacy”. He grumped at tasks I offered to do and sent me out for tortillas, saying “don’t come back too fast”. The only thing about me that impressed him was that I knew how to find Tacos el Rey.
During that three weeks, I learned about Bob’s love for his Boston terriers and saw how involved he was with his children and grandchildren, talking to them on the phone even when he was busy. He told great stories about his time in the DEA and offered a long view perspective on pharmacy as a profession. He let me fill prescriptions and talk to his patients, too, so long as I did it his way. When the three weeks were over, he said he was pleased with my work. He let me give him a hug goodbye and I told him I would miss him. Bob reminded me a lot of my own dad, a high achiever with high standards for others. Please know that I appreciated him and found the world a little brighter with him in it. Thank you for sharing him and please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.




Bill Wolf

July 4, 2020

Terrie and family my condolences to you. I first worked with Bob in Seattle where I was his Supervisor. He and ultimately many others spent endless hours running down an LSD laboratory organization that had moved into Redmond from Portland Oregon. He certainly was a guy with a unique personal tenacity to overcome the challenges before him. He earned the respect of all of us who worked with him.
Bill Wolf

David Mattingley

July 3, 2020

Bob and I and others in the Seattle office spent many hours working and playing together in the 70s. He was a hard charger and liked everyone. I am saddened by his passing and offer my condolences to the family.

Jeffrey Kildow

July 3, 2020

I have known Bob since 1973. I later had the opportunity of working with him in the Seattle Field Division when he was the Resident Agent-in-Charge of the the Yakima Resident Office, and I was a Supervisor in the Seattle Divisional Office. Bob was a dedicated Agent and a leader of men. I will miss you my friend. You may now rest in peace. Your work is done.

Micheal Hurley

July 2, 2020

My condolences to the family of this great man. Bob’s reputation preceded our meeting however he lived up to every accolade given him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his admiration of his fellow agents never went unnoticed. RIP, Bob. God Bless.

David Thompson

July 2, 2020

I consider myself blessed to have known and worked with Bob. I worked in the Yakima City County narcotics unit and first met Bob when he was an instructor at the academy in Burien. When Bob was assigned to start up the DEA task force in Yakima, he stayed in a tiny little Motel on N 1st St and shared a room with Gary McCrary from the State Patrol. Bob was compulsively neat and Gary would turn Bob's toiletries around just to have some fun with him. Bob's knowledge of music was inspiring. On surveillance, all of the guys would turn the radio to the same station and play name that tune. Bob always won. I will miss him.
My sincere condolences go out to Terrie and all of the Dreisbach family.

Fred Gregory

July 2, 2020

Bob was in my Basic Agent class. A very unique and charming individual. In NY he went undercover and busted some hippies who were trafficking in LSD. RIP

Dennis Clark

June 30, 2020

Bob was assigned to Pittsburgh while I was in Philadelphia. We’d cross paths often and stayed in touch via FB. I’m so very sorry to hear of his passing. I was his cheerleader prior to and after his heart surgery.

My condolences to you and the family. We all mourn his passing. God bless!

Dennis Clark

FROM THE FAMILY