Robert L. "Pete" Koker
Known as the most honest and thoughtful person. A wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, papa and a great friend. He passed away at the age of 78 peacefully with his wife and family by his side following 2 months of an aggressive cancer.
Born in Bellingham, raised in Fairhaven and graduated from Bellingham High in 1962. Out of high school he went logging with his father until he was hired on by Intalco in 1965 where he worked for 32 years, retiring at the age of 58.
Predeceased by his father, mother and son Matthew. Survived by his wife of 41 yrs Virginia, a son John (Nikki) Hudson, daughters Lori Garrison (Barry), Kelli Hudson (Jeremy) and daughter-in-law Sandra Koker, 10 grandchildren and 15 greats. Also leaving behind his sisters Linda (Mick) Scott of Bellingham and Vicki Stendhal of Arizona, many cousins, nieces, nephews and life-long friends.
Besides his love for his family, he enjoyed hunting, traveling and camping with his grandchildren. In his spare time, besides reading, he enjoyed carving wooden figurines.
A graveside service will be held at Bayview Cemetery, February 10 at 2PM followed by the celebration of his life at 4244 Ankar Park Drive Club House.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whatcom Hospice.
Although we only met Pete 6
Although we only met Pete 6 years ago, he became a dear friend immediately. We have fun memories as he and Virginia drove us around Whatcom County many times to show us the area and tell us the history of our new home. He always welcomed anyone who came to their door and was a great listener.
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