Robert Joseph Marion
May 29, 1927 ~ August 15, 2013
Robert Joseph Marion passed away on August 15, 2013, in Wenatchee, WA, at the age of 86, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other additional ailments. Robert was born on May 29, 1927, to his parents, Lyell Norwood Marion and Goldie Viola Marion in Beebe, WA. Robert was the oldest of four children; Robert, Dorothy, Donna and Lyle. Robert joined the Army and served his country during the end of WWII and in the Korean War for a total of eight years military service. He received three medals during his service: the Bronze Star, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Medal. This experience affected him deeply and, in later years, he rarely spoke about it. Robert had two daughters from a previous marriage to Sarah Janisch; Rita Sexton and Viola Marion. On March 26, 1982, Robert became a step-father when he married Estelle Caviness. She had four children from a previous marriage: Teresa Schulz, Laura Erskine, Christine Caviness and Darrah Perryman. Robert worked for 35 years at WI Forest Products. He started out working on the green chain. When the stud mill opened, he worked there and returned later to the green chain. During those early years, the mill workers volunteered as forest fire fighters. The mill would close so the workers could help fight forest fires. In 1986, he medically retired after an accident on the job that punctured one of his lungs. Robert worked hard to support his family and enjoyed making things with his hands. He built bicycles from spare parts and was always tinkering on something. After retirement, he began a hobby of woodworking, making wooden hanging plant baskets and other assorted items. Robert loved the outdoors, fishing and camping.
Robert is survived by his wife of 31 years, Estella; two daughters, Rita Sexton (JD) of Jacksonville, AR and Viola Marion (Bud Duncan) of Lewisburg, TN; four step-children, Teresa Schultz (Jim) of Ecuador, Laura Erskine (Tim) of Summer, WA, Christine Caviness of Seattle, WA, and Darrah Perryman of Kalama, WA; one sister and one brother: Donna Eidahl (Milton) of Othello, WA and Lyle Marion of Omak, WA; one grandson, Billy Joe Harris (Elizabeth) of Cornersville, TN; and six step-grandchildren, Jessica Dukes, David Sexton, Cody Erskine, Christopher Caviness, Tyler Perryman, Jody Perryman; one great-granddaughter, Aubrey Harris; four step-great-grandchildren, Tyler Dukes, Nathan Dukes, Amber Dukes and Gevanie Schulz; and several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Dorothy Guy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Robert’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, Chapter Headquarters, Western and Central Washington State, North Tower, 100 W. Harrison Street, N200, Seattle, WA 98119.