The memorial service for Bob Sheckler will be Thursday, September 8; plus some tributes to him

Photo of Bob Sheckler at a community meeting in 2011 by Scott Schaefer.

A memorial service with military honors for former Des Moines Mayor and Councilman Bob Sheckler will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.

Like us before reportedSheckler died on July 24, 2022 in Sequim, Washington.

He was 74 years old.

Sheckler served on the Des Moines City Council from January 1, 1996 to December 31, 2015. During that time, he served as mayor from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2011. He served 20 years on the council, which currently is the longest serving member advice.

Here is an op-ed he wrote for the Seattle Times when he was mayor in 2008:Benefits of federal postings obscured by high-profile abuses

Since his passing, we have received many comments about his legacy:

Dave Kaplan, former mayor and member of council:

“Bob Sheckler was an important agent of change for Des Moines. For decades, residents of our city continued to vacillate between the business and service environment they wanted and remain a sleepy little town. Like Bob knew it, change happens no matter what… the question is what do you want that change to look like Bob Sheckler helped define what that change should look like.

“Whether it was the Marina District (downtown), Pacific Ridge, or vacant harbor land, Bob had a vision for what the city could become and he aggressively pursued it. These are Bob’s efforts: persuading the location of a hotel in Des Moines rather than elsewhere; development approval for Waterview Crossing; work with the Port of Seattle to move forward on street right-of-way improvements bordering the Des Moines Creek Business Park and other developable lands; pushing Water District #54 to move forward with a downtown water main; examination of the uses permitted in the town centre; review downtown design guidelines; working on provisions to hold landowners accountable for the appearance and upkeep of their downtown property; and preliminary work that has been done through Envision Midway for properties on Pac Hwy in the future Sound Transit light rail transit area.

“He advocated strongly for things that would keep Des Moines a livable community, including fighting the Third Trail, pushing for improvements to our parks and senior services (including the Des Moines Creek Trail), and supporting the shift to a community policing model. . Bob Sheckler understood the importance of the local community and the need to involve people. Its mayor’s leadership summits resulted in the creation of Destination Des Moines and the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers’ Market. He identified the city’s long-term needs to control our own destiny, many of which came true. And Bob wasn’t afraid to push ahead with the naysayers who didn’t want to change anything in town. He was goal-oriented for our city and made things happen.

“My sympathies to Vickie Sheckler and Bob’s dear friends. Our community has lost a champion.


From former Director, Parks and Recreation Patrice Thorell:

“Council member Robert Sheckler had a vision. He launched the Mayor’s Leadership Forums. These forums have attracted citizen/community/government leaders from all areas of Des Moines including faith groups, condos, neighborhoods, civics and communities to discuss how to make our community a great place to live, work and play!

“Out of these meetings grew many citizen committees that united our city and supported the creation of the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market, Destination Des Moines, the city’s 50th anniversary celebration, naming the Des Moines Beach Park as a National Monument, the return of the Waterland Parade, the Hotel/Motel Lodging Tax Citizens Committee, and membership in the Seattle Southside RTA.

“I know these successes firsthand because I was fortunate to have worked with former Mayor Sheckler and former City Manager Piasecki and the cast of incredible citizens who worked to initiate and implement many of these volunteer-run programs that are still thriving today!

“Bob has used his power to facilitate more positive development and inclusion for the Des Moines community than any other mayor since the mid-90s!”


From former board member Susan White:

“I met Bob in 2000 when I ran for city council. Of course, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into! (this is supposed to be funny lol). Bob was totally dedicated to the city and very passionate about local politics. We were like most were lined up together against the fight on the third runway. He was very effective as the leader of the Airport Coalition (ACC) bringing together Burien, Des Moines, Sea Tac, Normandy Park and Federal Way to find a better alternative. Sadly, we lost that fight, but he never gave up and put tireless energy into it, and the city of Des Moines.

Like me, he always had a forward-thinking vision for Des Moines. We have always been united in this thought. His heart was still in the right place.

“RIP Bob.”


From his wife, Vicki Sheckler:

“Bob deserves recognition for his efforts over all these years, even with all the political controversy.

“He always did what he thought was best for the community, not for himself or his political campaign.

“Rest in peace Bob!!! He’s finally pain free.

Tahoma National Cemetery is located at 18600 SE 240th St, Kent, WA 98042:

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