Robert Meyer
Robert Meyer
Robert Meyer

Obituary of Robert Ernest Meyer

 Robert Ernest Meyer passed away of glioblastoma brain cancer on March 18, 2024, in Olympia, Washington, his home of eight years.  He was born May 31, 1944, in Oakland, California, and raised by adoptive parents, Harry and Lois (Munday) Meyer. Over the years, he also lived in Grays Harbor County (1997-2016), Hood River, Oregon, and the Los Angeles area of California.


Bob graduated from Harry Ells High School in Richmond, California, in June 1961, and attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell.  He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged after four years (April 13, 1964-April 12, 1968).


He married Janice Mandich on August 11, 2001, on Baby Beach, Lahaina, in Maui, Hawaii.  Professionally, Bob was a commercial pilot.  In his last job, he flew as captain for Netjets.  He also was owner/operator of the Hood River Airport and owner of Grays Harbor Flight.


Bob had a dry sense of humor and was a good storyteller.  Fly fishing was his favorite hobby.  He spent a lot of time on rivers through his travels, as well as his local favorites with his male friends.  He also loved fishing with tour guides. Bob enjoyed and was proud of his discovery of several relatives he had never known, as well as finding his birth parents, who were both deceased at the time of discovery.  Bob loved traveling.  When he and Janice retired, they traveled extensively and also purchased a motor home for travel in the United States.


He is survived by his wife, Janice Meyer of Olympia; daughter, Kimberly Feder of Carbondale, Colorado; stepdaughter, Angalena Beeson of Wenatchee, Washington; two stepsons, Jason Olsen of Elma, Washington, and Aaron Olsen of Warner, New Hampshire; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Because Bob had a great love for dogs, he and Janice adopted several dogs over the years and cared for them like they were children.  If you are inclined to make a donation in Bob’s honor, please consider your local PAW’s Chapter or animal shelter.


A Celebration of Life for Bob will be planned for a future date and announced later.


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