|Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff|
Roy Bleikamp passed away on December 1 at a care facility in Bothell.
Bleikamp was a long time resident of Woodinville in the Tuck Lake community and served as a fire commissioner for Woodinville Fire &Rescue for a number of years.
He served with the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 and then continued to serve as an instructor in the Navy Reserve from 1946 until 1966, retiring as a lieutenant commander.
Bleikamp received a degree in engineering from Columbia University and masters of engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
He worked at Olin Corporation in the explosives research division.
In 1955 he and two of his friends started their own business calling it Propellex Chemical Corporation. The company specialized in propellant actuated devices used in rocket motors and escape systems on planes and spaceships.
This led to a job with McDonnell Aircraft where he developed ejection seats and rescue equipment for the F-4, Mercury and Gemini spacecraft systems.
He eventually ended up as a project manager with Monsanto Company of St. Louis.
During this time he would travel to a plant in Seattle where he fell in love with the area.
Upon his retiring in 1985, Roy moved to the Woodinville area to enjoy his retirement years.
Bleikamp married just after leaving active duty in the Navy and had two children.
His son died suddenly at age 17 and his wife lost her battle with cancer just days after their 25th wedding anniversary.
Despite these traumatic events in his life, Bleikamp continued to lean on his faith and chose to focus on the good in life.
His daughter introduced him to a woman and a relationship formed. He married Norma, and the two had been married for 36 years at the time of his death.
Bleikamp touched many people through his generosity and love of people. He volunteered at his church counseling young couples in the area of budgeting and financial management.
He was buried with full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on December 7.