Robert Morris Mommsen

Robert Morris Mommsen

Robert Morris Mommsen, 93, recently of Pullman, WA and a longtime Mercer Island, WA resident, passed away on July 1, 2013 at his Pullman, WA home of age related causes.

Robert was born August 24, 1919 in Excelsior, MN to A.C. & Helen (Bidwell) Mommsen. He grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin where he received his education.

Following high school Robert attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls where he studied architecture, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree. Robert joined the U.S. Navy during WWII serving in the South Pacific Theater as a medical corpsman. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy Robert married Olga Dzubay on May 20, 1951 in Seattle, WA.

His career with the Department of Health & Welfare as a Regional Engineer and Architect took the family to California, Virginia, and in 1970 back to Seattle, WA where they made Mercer Island their home for over 40 years. Robert & Olga moved to Pullman this past February to live near their daughter and family. Robert was an active member of the Covenant Church on Mercer Island as well as the Gideon’s International.

Following retirement, Robert served as a missionary in South America where he ministered to refugees of different cultures. In addition to his faith and church, Robert’s family was of the utmost importance to his life. Being around family meant the world to him. Among his many interests and hobbies were Bonsai, carpentry & home maintenance projects.

His is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Olga of Pullman; his daughter Christiana (Chris) Cruver and husband Pat of Pullman; 2 brothers Gordon & Curtis Mommsen; his grandchildren Jordan, Ben & Travis Stone; Emmett & Micah Cruver. In addition to his parents Robert was preceded in death by his siblings Mildred Nordrum, Sylvia Diestler, Phoebe Burdick & Laddie Mommsen.

Graveside services with full Military Honors will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Memorial services will be held at 7 PM Thursday, July 11 at the Covenant Church in Mercer Island, WA. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, WA is caring for the family.

Memorials are suggested to the Gideon’s International, PO Box 8553, Moscow, ID 83843. Online condolences may be sent to