Robert G. Steinauer, 72, died Nov. 11, 2002 at Providence Hospital, Everett. He was born Feb. 27, 1930 in Seattle, to Gerald and Helen (Stromberg) Steinauer. He was raised in Tacoma and on Fox Island. He attended Stadium High School in Tacoma.
Mr. Steinauer quit school and at the age of 17 and joined the U. S. Navy, serving in both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was married to Beatrice R. Lockboy in Oak Harbor on Aug. 10, 1962. On Oct.12, 1967, he retired as an AMH-1 (E-6) with 20 years of service. Mr. Steinauer began a second career with the Navy Commissary, working as a meat cutter and finally as floor manager until his retirement.
Mr. Steinauer was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 97 of Oak Harbor. He was an also avid fisherman and hunter.
Mr. Steinauer is survived by his wife Beatrice of Oak Harbor; by one daughter Deannie Blaubergs and husband Guntis of Oak Harbor; his father, Al Steinauer of Lynden; and one brother, Eugene Steinauer of Seattle. Four grandchildren, Missy Rayfield of Oak Harbor, Art Blaubergs of Portland, Ore., Burt DeWees of Lynnwood, and Glen Blaubergs of Oak Harbor; and one great-granddaughter, Amber Rayfield of Oak Harbor also survive.
Mr. Steinauer requested no formal funeral services be conducted. Cremation was held with private family inurnment to follow at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor.