Robert L. Rossier (Bob), 86, passed away of natural causes Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at his home in Eden Brook of Buckhead in Atlanta, Ga.
He was born on May 4, 1922 in Bickleton. He was one of Sam and Sephrona Bell Rossier's three children. He graduated from Mabton High School in 1941.
Later he moved to Sunnyside where he was the star hitter when the Sunnyside American Legion Juniors won the 1939 State baseball championship. He later played AAA baseball for the Yakima Pippins and in Vancouver, British Columbia.
His promising baseball career ended when he was drafted into the service in World War II. He served as a tail gunner in B17s in the 563rd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group. He served his country from Feb. 10, 1943 to Oct. 12, 1945 and received the Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal and EAME Theater Medal.
After the war, he attended the University of Tennessee and then moved to Los Angeles, Calif. where he entered into an insurance career as a safety engineer. He later became an insurance agent and owned the Rossier Insurance Agency in Sunnyside from 1955 to 1965.
While residing in Los Angeles, he met and married Verna Linebarger of Memphis, Tenn. on March 12, 1948. They were married for 33 years and had two children, Bobby and Sandy. In his middle age, Mr. Rossier and his family lived in Nashville and Hendersonville, Tenn., where he loved playing golf and going boating on Old Hickory Lake.
He leaves behind his son, Robert B. Rossier and son's partner Eldred P. Hudson Jr., both of Charlotte, N.C., his daughter, Sandra Rossier Hunziker and her husband, Rob Hunziker; his grandson and legacy, Robby N. Hunziker, all of Marietta, Gia. He also leaves behind his beloved cat, Tommy. Verna Rossier now lives in Smyrna, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Rossier; and one sister, Peg Simenstad.
His family will hold a private memorial service.
Donations in his memory may be made to Pets Are People Too.
Sandy Springs Chapel Funeral Directors in Sandy Springs, Ga. are in charge of the arrangements.
BOB NEVER MET A STRANGER.