Robert Lukas Kaftan, 86 from Woodinville, died peacefully from heart failure in his sleep on May 6th, 2018 at Evergreen Hospice, outside of Seattle.
He was born of parents who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island, New York, in the early 1900’s. He grew up in the Bronx, where he met his wife of 50 years, Margaret T. Kaftan. He began a lifelong 35 year career with IBM in upstate New York. He was later relocated to Lexington, Kentucky where he worked as a tool and die maker on the IBM Selectric typewriter. He rose to Senior Engineer and eventually ran the Selectric Recon. He finished his career as a Sales Engineer in the Robotics Division. His proudest accomplishment was the work he did on the Braille Typewriter. Bob earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1963 while working full time at IBM.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret and his brother Stanley. He is survived by his daughter, Theresa Kaftan of Lexington Park, MD and son, Bob Kaftan of Woodinville, WA. He had four grandchildren, Scott Ward and Suzanne Cannon, Ashley Kaftan and Alexa Kaftan. He was fortunate to have four great grandchildren: Shawn and Ryder Ward, Caden and Alaina Cannon.
Since Bob’s birthday was on St. Patrick’s Day, we always had a great Celebration. He was the life of the party and had many friends who will miss him dearly. He loved going to church, bible study and playing cards at Brittany Park. His true passion was fishing. Every single opportunity he had, you could find him with a fishing pole in his hands. May the joy of catching the big one be ever present for you on your next journey, Dad. Be sure and tell Mom how much we miss her!
Please join us in a Celebration of Bob’s Life on Saturday, May 26th at 3 p.m. at the Woodinville Community Methodist Church (17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Checks can be mailed to the Washington State Chapter office at: Alzheimer's Association, Attn: Robert Kaftan Memorial Team, 19031 33rd Ave W, Ste 301; Lynnwood WA 98036.