Robert Keith Shirley


Robert Keith Shirley of Yakima, Washington, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on Aug. 21, 1946, in Yakima to Aubrey and Virginia Shirley. Robert grew up in Toppenish area and attended local schools. He worked in the Goldendale Aluminum Company for 30 years. After moving to Yakima, he enjoyed driving truck for Yakima Fruit Packers for the last few years of his work life. Robert married Julia Hopper on April 19, 1971, and shared 49 loving years together. They lived in Goldendale, raising their boys.

Robert is survived by his wife Julia; sons Aubrey Shirley of Tacoma, Washington, and Jeff (Sunshine) Shirley of Toppenish, Washington; his grandchildren Mason, Tabitha, Bailey, Cole, Noah, Holly, Skye, and Violet; one great-grandson Walker Woolery; brother Ronnie Shirley; sisters Carol Frady of Desert Air, Washington, Linda Hofstad of Sunnyside, Patty Milam of Zillah, Washington, Ronnie Shirley of Toppenish, Darla Allen of Port Orchard, Washington, Barbara Dobbs of Outlook, Washington; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Aubrey and Virginia Shirley, his son Lonnie Keith Shirley, granddaughter Ivy Adrianna Shirley, brother Richard Shirley and sister Pamela Shirley.

Bob enjoyed family, hunting, fishing and especially time with his grandson. He will be terribly missed by all.

Graveside services to be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Zillah Cemetery. There will be no reception to follow, considering COVID-19 restrictions. Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.


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