Bob Benze, of Silverdale, Wash., passed away Tuesday morning, July 1, after a courageous battle with cancer. Bob was born Jan. 27, 1938 in Warren, Pa. Bob attended Case Western Reserve University before joining the Army.
After the Army, Bob worked at Boeing as an engineer, next graduating with honors from the UW. Bob then started a storied career with PSNS, first as a nuclear engineer on many high profile reactor projects, finishing as the Environmental Projects Manager at the Shipyard’s Environmental Program office.
Bob’s awards included the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Special Service Award, Citizen of the Year, 2013, by the Kitsap County Association of Realtors and the 2014 Legacy Award by the Kitsap County Republican Party.
Bob was a member of the citizen’s task force that provided input for Kitsap County’s recent update of its Shoreline Master Plan. Bob attended New Life Church.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, John and Craig; daughters, Carrie, Linda and Suzanne; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial celebrating Bob’s life will be held July 26th, 11:30 a.m., at Crossroads Church, 7555 Old Military RD, NE, Bremerton, Wash.