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Robert Joseph "Bob" Monks: 1926-2018


Robert Joseph "Bob" Monks passed away May 16, 2018. He was 91 years old. He was born in Red Lake, Minnesota on Dec.17, 1926, one of five children to Joseph and Rosella Monks.

He attended Chiloquin High School in Oregon and later served in the Philippines with the U.S. Army in World War II. Bob graduated from the University of Portland in 1952 with a bachelor’s in civil engineering. He earned his professional engineering certificate in 1964.

Bob and his wife Barbara (Burke) were married June 19, 1954. They were married for 64 years. They had seven children and lived in Shoreline for 30 years. Bob was employed by Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company for 32 years as a professional civil engineer, where he worked on the design and construction of many major buildings in Seattle.

After his retirement in 1987, he worked for the Edmonds School District on the construction of the Edmonds-Woodway High School stadium. They built a house on Liberty Bay in Poulsbo and moved there in 1993.

Bob volunteered on the construction of the Poulsbo Library and at the St. Vincent de Paul. He was a member of St. Luke Parish in Shoreline and St. Olaf Parish in Poulsbo.

Bob is survived by his wife Barbara and their six children: Joe Monks (Heather Lavin), Eileen Reza (Joe), Anne Monks, Casey Steinke (Mike), Patty Tomsett (Charlie), Bob Monks (Jacquie) and their 12 grandchildren: Kiel Monks, Josh Monks, Matthew Reza, Megan Reza, Mark Reza, Joel Steinke, Emma Tomsett, Claire Tomsett, Makenna Monks, Ellie Monks, Connor Monks and Annie Monks.

Bob was preceded in death by his son Tom in January 2018.

His lifelong passions included fishing, hunting, investing and finance, watching Mariners games and spending time with his family and grandchildren. We will all miss Bob’s encouraging words, his gentle and caring nature, and wonderful sense of humor.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. June 4 at St. Luke’s Parish, 322 N. 175th

St., Shoreline. Condolences may be sent to the Monks Family, Woodland Terrace, 17502 102nd Ave. NE #329, Bothell, WA 98011.


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