Robert “Bob” Hobble passed away peacefully on January 26, 2017. A long-time resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Bob is remembered for his amazing architectural talent and generosity of spirit. He was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1927, the same year the sculpting of Mount Rushmore began. Bob served in the US Navy out of high school and prior to moving to Washington State. He attended Washington State University, where he earned an architectural degree (1950) and also met Norma Lee French, the love of his life. Bob was deeply committed to Norma until her death in 2003, and to her pioneer Hereford ranching family from Conconully, Washington.
Bob’s eye for design and capacity to create beautiful living spaces can be found throughout the Pacific Northwest. He co-founded the Callison Partnership (1971) in Seattle, and became a mentor to many in his field. Bob left the firm in 1984 and continued to practice from home in order to care for Norma Lee, who lived with Multiple Scleriosis. He also became co-owners of Hobble and Hays (1991), an interiors/furniture store that became a favorite gathering place for island home owners.
In an autobiography, Bob described himself as a “child, student, sailor, collegian, soldier, architect, husband, father, friend, Christian, caregiver.“ He lived a full life and had a deep faith and love for God.
Bob is predeceased by his older brother, Jim. Carrying on his legacy of love and kindness, Bob is survived by his daughters Lee Ann Sleder (David) of Bainbridge Island and Camille Derricotte (Julie Rimkus) of Tucson, Arizona, and by his granddaughter Olivia Hattersley of Santa Monica, grandson Elliot Derricotte (Lauren) and great-grandson Julean of Agawam, Massachusetts, and step-grandchildren Jessie and Sarah Sleder of Seattle.
A memorial was held on February 4th at the Madrona House Senior Living on Bainbridge Island. The family will gather in Conconully this summer, where Bob’s ashes will be laid next to Norma Lee’s.