Robert Unruh

Robert Unruh entered his heavenly home on Wednesday, Oct. 18.  Born Aug. 24, 1936 in Enid, Oklahoma, Robert lived his life from age 6 in Whatcom County, graduating from Ferndale High School in 1954.  

Many people will remember Dad as “Bob the Barber,” as he owned and operated a local barber shop in downtown Ferndale for many years.  From high school sweethearts, Robert and Claudia enjoyed 67 years of marriage, produced three sons, Bob, Jim (Leanne) and Ron (Heidi), enjoyed nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Laura Unruh and brother, Clarence, Jr., and sisters Ruth Androse and Barbara Gienger.

Dad loved to travel with Mom – enjoying a motor home phase, winters in Arizona and numerous overseas excursions.  He stayed active with racquetball, an occasional golf game and became a pickleball addict later in life … even building a court at the family farm.  He also had a passion for music his entire life – especially quartets singing old gospel hymns, attending many concerts, even travelling to Branson, Missouri many times.

Those who know Dad watched him live his life of faith every day.  His relationship with Jesus was of utmost importance … hearing him pray was almost like being in church.

He will be remembered fondly by the many friends he had for his quick smile and laugh, sharp wit, loyalty, generosity, wisdom and work ethic. 

A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Enterprise Cemetery 7041 Vista Drive, Ferndale. At 11:30 a.m., a celebration of life service will be held at Cornerstone Community Church, 5732 Olson Road, Ferndale, followed by a reception.

The family suggests that charitable contributions in Dad’s name be made to the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham.