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Harley Robb honored at Stilly Senior Center's Lifetime Achievement Breakfast

Harley Robb, seen here holding an example of his woodworking, will be honored at the Stillaguamish Senior Center
Harley Robb, seen here holding an example of his woodworking, will be honored at the Stillaguamish Senior Center's ninth annual Lifetime Achievement Breakfast fundraiser on Sept. 18.
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SMOKEY POINT — For his countless contributions to the community in which he was born and raised, lifelong Arlington resident Harley Robb will be honored at the Stillaguamish Senior Center's ninth annual Lifetime Achievement Breakfast fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 a.m.

Robb was born in Arlington on Oct. 3, 1922, the oldest of three children, all of whom attended Arlington schools. During his sophomore year of high school, he served as class president, and after he graduated in 1941, he joined the Army and served in Europe with the 106th Infantry Division during World War II, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.

Robb was headed to the Pacific when the Japanese surrendered, and he returned to Arlington to open an auto repair shop. In 1949, he married Delores Spiering of Darrington, who was working as a registered nurse at the Arlington hospital, on top of the Olympic Avenue hill, where they first met. Harley and Delores were married at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, in which they both became very active, and remained a committed couple until Delores died in 2009, 50 years later.

Harley and Delores Robb had two daughters, both of whom earned college degrees and pursued careers that made their parents proud. Lynn is an artist who started with KIRO TV in Seattle, continued as an art director for the record industry in Los Angeles, and currently works as an art educator and college instructor in Santa Monica, where she lives with her husband and his two children. Janis retired from state government with five years as a social worker, and 25 years as a computer programmer and database analyst, and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband.

In 1954, Harley Robb closed his shop and went to work for the U.S. Postal Service for the next 28 years, retiring in 1982. In the meantime, he found time to coach the Cordz Battery Little League Baseball Team, and became active in the Masonic Lodge. By 1955, he was the Lodge's Worshipful Master, and he served as its treasurer for more than 30 years.

During the 1960s, Robb was elected to the Arlington School Board, on which he served two terms. During that time, the district added new classrooms for science and math, adjacent to the 1936 high school building.

When Our Saviour's Lutheran Church decided it was ready for a new sanctuary, Robb chaired the building committee that oversaw its construction, and with the aid of other volunteers, he helped build the educational wing of the church, in which he still serves as an usher today.

When the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association decided to build its museum, Robb volunteered to chair that building effort as well. He managed the money for that facility to be built just west of the preexisting Pioneer Hall, and he still helps with group tours of the museum and remains active on its board. Last month, he served as master of ceremonies for the third time for their annual Pioneer Picnic.

Robb has also served as the treasurer of the Arlington Community Chest for more than 40 years, helping to screen applications for assistance with utilities and medical help.

Before Harley and Delores sold the land adjacent to their home for development, they raised and sold individually cut Christmas trees, and one of Harley's hobbies to this day is woodworking, which fills his basement with articulated wood models of various construction vehicles.

Doors open at the Stillaguamish Senior Center at 7 a.m. for the Lifetime Achievement Breakfast on Sept. 18. To RSVP, contact Jo Olson by phone at 360-653-4551 or via email at director@stillycenter.com.

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