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Obituary: Robert D. Bulletset

Published on August 27, 2018 12:01AM

Robert and Doris Bulletset

Robert and Doris Bulletset


June 2, 1929 — Aug. 19, 2018

Robert D. Bulletset, 89, of Warrenton, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 19, 2018, with his family by his side. Bob was born in Portland, Oregon, on June 2, 1929, to Frank and Fran Bulletset.

At 16, he was too young to join the Marine Corps, so he ran away from home and joined the Merchant

Marines, calling home from India to tell his mother he was OK. After he left the Merchant Marines, he went to work for a few months at the telephone company. As soon as he turned 18, he joined the Marine Corps, his lifelong dream.

At the end of his two-year career with the Marine Corps, Bob rose to the rank of staff sergeant. He was also a captain in the Civil Air Patrol. His lifetime civilian career spanned nearly 50 years as a telecommunications cable splicer for the phone company.

On Dec. 23, 1950, he married his wife, Doris Samuelson, and together they had many adventures; biking through many European countries, hiking, fishing and camping in the High Sierra in California and traveling through many of the states. Most of these adventures were with his brother- and sister-in-law, Dwight and Elsie Cook.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years, Doris; his brother, Ken; and nephew, Fred.

He is survived by daughters, Ann Bulletset (Camas, Washington), Katie Bulletset (Seaside, Oregon) and Von Whitney (Seaside, Oregon; sister-in-law, Elsie Cook; cousin, Rozeanne Douthit; nieces and nephews, Jim, Claudia, Dave and Mike Cook, Susan, Denzel, Karen and Eric Wassilchalk and Debbie and Tim Bulletset; grandchildren, Emily, Michael and O’Casey; and great-grandson, Owen O’Casey. He had many, many devoted friends who made his life very special, and he loved them all.

Bob’s lifetime of giving didn’t stop with retirement; he continued to serve his church and assist his friends with various carpentry needs — never forget, measure twice and cut once.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lower Columbia Hospice or the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.

A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at the Lighthouse Church in Warrenton. For details please visit the memorial tribute for Bob at, where you can sign the online guest book, share a favorite memory or upload pictures and more.

Funeral arrangements handled by Hughes-Ransom Mortuary and Crematory, Astoria, Oregon,


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