Robert Edward Nordby, Sr., age 83, passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 surrounded by his family. Robert was born January 12, 1934 in Bellingham, WA. He was a third-generation Whatcom County resident and grew up on a dairy farm at the end of Aldergrove Rd. He was a graduate of Ferndale High School class of 1952.
On April 16, 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Army; his title was specialist 3rd class. He served during the Korean conflict in Germany and Paris. His tour of duty ended March 30, 1956. He came home to start logging with his father from Washington to California. It was in this time that he met Janice VanderYacht and they were married April 1957. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. After logging, Robert got a job at Georgia Pacific. He worked there until his retirement.
Robert and Janice enjoyed traveling to Arizona and many parts of the United States. For the past 10 years they had stayed around home for health reasons.
Robert is survived by his wife, Janice; son Lucas (Penny), daughter Veronica (life partner Kevin), son Robert Jr. (life partner Fleta) and daughter JoAnn (Craig); grandchildren Joel, John, Jessica, Angie, Kristine and Zach; great-grandchildren Mason, Nash, Jackson and Jasper. Robert is preceded in death by his parents Kasper and Veronica, and brother Lester.
A visitation will be Monday, October 16, from 10:00AM-12:00PM at Moles Ferndale, 2039 Main Street. A graveside service will follow at 1:00PM at Enterprise Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mount Baker Kidney Center, Visiting Angels, or Whatcom Hospice.