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03/15/2017: "Robert Michael Browne"

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November 22, 1948 ~ February 4, 2017

To our dear family and friends, it is with great sadness that we share this news with you. Our beloved Rob, devoted husband, father and friend passed away after nearly a three-year, valiantly fought battle with cancer, at the UWMC.

Rob was born in Seattle, to mother Inez and father Jim. He is survived by brothers, Jim and Terry, sons Ryan and Justin, wife Claudia, nieces Penny Dunn, Debbie Rishel and Candi Fryer.

Rob grew up in Friday Harbor, graduated high school in 1966. He was number 7 in the draft for the Vietnam War. He served from 1969 - 1971 and was an honored, decorated vet, receiving many commendations, including the Arm Commendation Medal for Heroism, the Bronze Star, and the one he was most proud of, the Combat Infantry Badge

Upon returning home, he attended Shoreline Community College, where he studied business, He then returned to Friday Harbor working for his mom and dad at the lumberyard.

Rob was active, adventurous guy, always willing to try new things. He never did anything half way. It was all or nothing. He had many accomplishments in his life, He earned his pilots licensee, summitted Mt. Rainier June of 1979, tried his hand as skydiving. He loved to bike ride, sail his boat, :The Vulcan: and often taking his parents boating out n their beloved “Gemini.”

Rob married his beautiful wife Claudia in Friday Harbor May 14, 1983, and they had many adventures travelling together. Nothing gave him greater joy than spending time with his beloved sons.

The family invite friends and family to a Celebration of Life/Wake, April 1st at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Downriggers Restaurant in Friday Harbor. Please bring your favorite photos of Rob to share with everyone.

visit his memorial website at to share and for additional information

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