Robert Lee Due, Jr. was born to Robert Due, Sr. and Dorothy Eckard Due in Chehalis, WA on May 8th, 1947. He was the fifth of seven children and grew up in Lewis County; his family called him “Bobby”. He graduated high school and joined the Army in 1966, where he served his country with pride for 3 years, including a tour in the Vietnam War.
He married the love of his life, Donna Mae Nelson on January 21, 1967. Throughout the years they were blessed with 6 children and had adventured through many states, but had lived most of their lives in Centralia, Washington. Everyone who knew Robert knew he loved cars, especially classic cars. Going on drives with his brother, Ray, looking at classic cars was a highlight of his days. Any classic car that you came across, Bob could call out by year, make, and model. Another thing that Robert loved was giving people a hard time. You knew he liked you if he was teasing you about one thing or another. He loved it even more if you gave it back to him. Bob was a collector of many things; many, many things. One of his favorite collections was his knives, swords, and almost anything with a blade. He spent many nights playing with his new toys and scaring Donna almost half to death.
Robert passed away on September 25, 2023, in Olympia, WA, as he was surrounded by his family who loved him. He is survived by wife Donna Mae Due of Centralia, WA, his children; Joanne Dunivin of Winlock, WA, Michael Due of Elon, NC, Bobbie Jo Due of Centralia, WA, Dale Due of Rochester, WA, Lisa Neves of Rochester, WA and Christopher Due of Centralia, WA. His siblings; Norman Gunn of Las Vegas, NV, Willard Gunn of Las Vegas, NV, and Ray Due of Centralia, WA; And many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings; Beverly Lewis of Porter, OK, Marilyn Robertson of Needles, CA, and Sandra McCarter of Centralia, WA.
The family would love for anybody that loved Bob to join us as we Celebrate his life, and the details of the service will be shared as they are determined.