GUY,  ROBERT

Robert Gene Guy of Big Lake, age 69, passed into the loving arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on April16, 2021. He had fought a good fight against Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinson's. Rob was born on November 29,1951 in Abilene, TX to Rev. Donald and Mary Guy. As a child, he lived in many different places. His favorite place was Leavenworth, WA. Rob graduated from high school in 1969. He then attended Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID graduating in 1973 with a degree in Elementary Education and an emphasis in music. Rob did graduate work at Boise State University, Harvard and Western Washington University where he received his Masters in Elementary Science and then School Administration. Rob began his teaching career in Homedale, ID where he taught 5th grade for 5 years. After moving to Washington Rob began his career in 1980 with the Sedro-Woolley School District until 2012 when health issues ended his career. He was a teacher and principal at Big Lake Elementary and a principal at Mary Purcell Elementary. He later worked for OSPI as a science coach for the district and also taught at State Street High School. Wherever Rob taught or was the principal he greatly impacted students and staff with his warmth, care, and love of science. He loved helping the struggling student because he himself had been one in his early school years. He could see each student and what their needs were with an uncanny ability to help them. Students, of which his children Lisa and Nathan were part of, still tell about the joy it was to be in his class. Staff who worked under his principalship tell about his love and care for them. Rob was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church as well the music and choir director for adults and kids for many years. His love for the Lord ran deep and his faith was a part of who he was. Rob was a strong supporter of the Big Lake community beginning in 1980. He was a Fire Commisioner for 14 years with the Big Lake Fire Department. Rob was well known for his delightful and at times silly and "punny" sense of humor. He could make everyone laugh. The Hospice staff loved coming here and as the nurse said, "I never know what he is going to say next!" Through all his sickness he never lost his sense of humor. Rob met the love of his life, and best friend, Andrea (Benson) Guy in September 1970 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID. Rob always said he knew right away she was the one. Andrea says what she loved first was his beautiful smile. They were married on December 28, 1972 and had 48 wonderful years together. Rob was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Donald Guy, his father and mother-in-law Ted and Myrtle (Rodvelt) Benson as well as his sister-in-law Annette (Benson) Teeter. Rob is survived by his mother Mary Ann Guy, his wife Andrea, his children and their spouses Lisa (Guy) Schweizer and her husband Hans of Big Lake, Nathan Guy and his wife Mandi Guy of Nampa, ID. Five beautiful grandchildren. Koen and Tove Schweizer of Big Lake and Gavin, Bristol and Carli Jo Guy of Nampa, ID, his brother Steve Guy of San Jose, CA, his brothers-and sisters-in-law Gary and Arlene Moore and Jack and Carolyn Teeter, his aunts and uncles, Bonita Sellers of OK, Tommy Sellers of OK, Ann Houts of TX, Jack Houts of TX, Loretta Rodvelt of Mount Vernon and Bill and Diane Guy of CO. Rob also has many cousins and neices and nephews that survive him. We would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Benson and Dr. Peter Struck for their outstanding care of Rob over the years. Thank you to Hospice of the Northwest. Your care and support was so needed and appreciated. Thank you Halley for arranging the special airplane flight over the Skagit Valley. It was a joy for him. A service for Rob will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church on College Way in Mount Vernon on Saturday, June 5th at 1 pm. There will also be a family graveside service at 11 am that same day at Hawthorne Memorial Park, Mount Vernon, WA. If you would choose to give a memorial in his memory please give to Hospice of the Northwest, 227 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or LBDA - Lewy Body Dementia Association - 912 Killian Hill Road S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047. They are supporting and conducting research for Lewy Body Dementia. Both sites may also be accessed online. Please visit www.hawthornefh.com to share your thoughts and memories and sign the online guest register. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.

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