26 July: Robert James Benze Memorial

Robert James Benze

Robert James Benze

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.

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2 responses to “26 July: Robert James Benze Memorial

  1. Bob Benze had the moral fiber to stand for the America he believed in, one of fair play and the rights of people granted by law. You have shown that one man can make a difference. I am proud to have known you, and even to have had your approval. You were a wonderful husband, father and patriot. Some men are really bigger than life. Bless you.

  2. I first met Bob and Joan at meetings of the Kitsap Mac Users Group. In addition to KMUG, our paths crossed at civic meetings where environmental and land-use issues were discussed. We had very different philosophies, so were often in opposition over priorities, the interpretation of data, etc., but Bob was ever a gentleman. I doubt either of us moved the other’s opinions very far, but I valued those interchanges. Bob will live on in my heart, through a reaction I sometimes get when reading a technical article: “I wonder what Bob Benze would make of this?”

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