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Robert Pauling

Jan 27, 1966 - Oct 30, 2018
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Robert Allen Pauling of Yakima, WA chose a beautiful day to go home to his dad after passing away surrounded by his loving family on October 30, 2018. “Big Rob” as he was called by his family, was born January 27, 1966 to parents David Pauling and Kathy Haner in Portland, Oregon.

 
In 1986, Robert met the woman he would fall in love and spend the rest of his life with, Rochelle Quantrille, and they raised four children together. Although Robert greatly enjoyed his time working as a fighter of wildfires and, later, a landscaper, his greatest joy in life was being promoted to Papa. From the time his first grandchild learned to crawl, until his last days, there wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t have one or more little ones following him around the yard as he worked and he took pride in breaking all the rules and giving them popsicles for breakfast. 
 
Robert’s other love was the outdoors. On any given day you could find him outside, whether it be camping, fishing, or just tinkering in the yard he christened “Papa’s Garden”. Summers were spent on the river and around the campfire, telling stories and listening to all the greatest rock bands or Johnny Cash. Anyone who knew him knew he was a world class air guitar/drums player and that he loved to joke and laugh with his nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, parents, wife and children. Winters were spent taking the kids and grandkids sledding, and at Papa Dave and Grandma Pam’s house for every holiday from Halloween until New Year. It was a family joke that when he was ready to leave he would say “I’m honkin’ three times and I’m leavin’!” Robert lived a humble life, and was gifted in transforming things that others may have given up on into vibrant and beautiful things. He was the very best Papa in the world, and he was an amazing husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. 
 
Robert is survived by his wife, Rochelle Pauling and his four children: Marlana, Melissa, Dylan and Tyler. His loving mother, Pam Pauling, His siblings: Daniel and Katie Pauling, Walter and Angie Pauling, Robert and Dawn Moss, Crissy and Stan Hill, Kendall Pauling, Kirsten Pauling, Heather Grimsrud, and Teresa Almandinger. The lights of his life, his 8 Grandbabies: Gabrielle, Dru, Hannah, Aubrey, Samuel, Lillian, Camryn and Willow. His nieces and nephews, and numerous in-laws. He was welcomed into eternity by his beloved father, David Pauling, his grandparents Wesley Pauling and Delores Townsend, his mother, Kathy, and his favorite “uncle” Norman Preheim.
 
A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:00AM at Brookside Funeral Home with potluck to follow. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Brookside Funeral Home to aid the family in payment of the funeral expenses. Robert will be missed by all and the family thanks you for the love and support during this time. 
 
 

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