June 05, 1940 - May 10, 2009
Leonard (Bob) Puett of Bellevue died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at Evergreen Hospice Center after a valiant struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.
He was born June 5, 1940, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After graduating from Central High School, Bob joined the US Air Force in 1958 training as an Air-Sea Rescue technician in Texas and serving two years in Libya where he was a member of the expedition which found the “Ghost Bomber”, a US B-24 that had crash landed in the Libyan Desert during WWII.
Bob left the Air Force in 1963 after earning college credits at the U of Maryland. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1966. He volunteered for active duty in the Army as 2/Lt in the Nurse Corp serving in Vietnam at the beginning of the TET offensive of Jan/Feb 1968. Wounded twice, he completed his combat tour and continued his Army career in Germany, Jordan, Texas, Arizona, and Washington. In his Army career Bob was awarded Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star with ''V'' Device, Army Commendation with ''V'' Device, Purple Heart with Cluster, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with 6 Battle Stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Liberation of Kuwait and a Southwest Asia Medal.
Bob was a graduate of the Army Officers Advanced course at the Academy of Health Sciences in San Antonio, Texas. After Bob retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1981, he was a sales consultant for a surgical instrument company and was on staff as an operating room nurse at Swedish Medical Center for twenty years.
He was recalled to active duty during “Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm” in 1990/92 and served as Commander of a medical unit in Northern Iraq.
Bob and Kate loved to travel and did so when their busy lives allowed; biking in France and Austria, hiking in Germany and Italy, and kayaking in the waters of Canada and the US.
Survivors include his wife, Kate, three children; Caryl (John) of Puyallup, Robert Jr. (Teri) of Puyallup, Geoff (Linda) of Tacoma, and two “borrowed” daughters; Dana (Steve) of Renton and Alison (Steve) of Sammamish; six grandchildren, Juliana, Zander, Madison, Mariana, Stella and Alexis; sister, Marilyn Sullivan of Choctaw, OK and a host of extended family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Bob be made to the Kate Roger’s Fund for Professional Development or the Swedish Cancer Institute fund at Swedish Medical Center Foundation, 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122 or call 206-386-2738.
Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, May 15 at Flintoft Funeral Home, 540 E Sunset Way, Issaquah. A funeral service will be held 2pm, Saturday, May 16, at Church of the Resurrection, 15220 Main St, Bellevue. A committal service will be held 2pm, Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent. Friends and family are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes early to the cemetery as the cemetery services are conducted on a strict time line.
Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guestbook at www.flintofts.com.