Robert Eino Lake Sr. passed away at his home in Grayland, Washington, on Sept. 7, 2020. Bob was born in Aberdeen, Washington, at St. Joseph’s Hospital to Eino and Senvi (Naranen) Lake on Sept. 10, 1946.
Bob had attended Ocosta schools in Westport, later in life earning an associate’s degrees in Fabrication and Machine Technologies in June of 1999 from Grays Harbor College. Throughout the years he worked as a logger, gillnetter and businessman and the owner of Bob’s Repair in Grayland.
His biggest passion was that of the salmon and gillnet fisheries in Washington state. He was a president of the Willapa Gillnetter’s Association since its incorporation in May of 1990. For the past 10 years or so Bob worked as a director and manager for the Willapa Bay Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group, not to mention he was a voting member of the Coalition of Coastal Fisheries. He often lobbied on behalf of our coastal fisheries and communities therein.
He could be a “stubborn old Finn” among other colorful names that need no mention here. He was proud of his heritage and appreciated the “old world” stories that could be told of his grandfather and other family members that immigrated here from Finland. He was also very proud of his five grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his father and mother Eino and Senvi Lake; and two sisters: Ellen Revel and Margie Robinson. He is survived by one sister Kathy Lake Baker; three sons: Richard Lake of Chehalis, Robert Lake Jr. (Teddra) of Ocosta, and Jason Lake (Jessica) of Ocean Park. Also, five grandchildren: Jaime Haerle (George) of Cosmopolis, Steven Lake of Ocosta, Jacob Lake of Westport, Tanner Lake of Graham, and Christopher Lake of Ocean Park as well as his beloved dog Scheley.
Plans for the memorial service will be set at a future date.