Brookside Funeral Home and Crematorium

Robert “Bob” (“Bob’s Flies”) Daane Nowlin, 96, died peacefully at his home on March 18, 2022. Bob was born December 13, 1925 in Ft. Dodge, IA to Sarah (Daane) Nowlin and William Cornelius Nowlin .

Bob attended Yakima High School until enlisting in the Navy in 1943. He served in World War II as a communications officer aboard LST294 during the Normandy invasion. After his naval duties, Bob returned to Yakima, WA, where he eventually began his career as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. He retired from the USPS in 1980 after 35 years of service. Retirement was a fleeting notion, as he opened Bob’s Flies, an iconic bait and tackle business in the Yakima Valley. He has tied custom flies for generations of anglers over the past 40 years and has had customers from all over the United States using his handcrafted flies. He treasured the stories shared by anglers in his shop and continued to provide bait and tackle until last February when he was unable to.

In 1967, Bob married the love of his life, his lifelong fishing and camping partner, JoAnn (Volavka) Nowlin. Together they had two children: Matthew Nowlin of Yakima, WA and Sarah Nowlin of South Branch, MI. As a family, every summer was spent fishing and camping in Bumping Lake and Seiku, WA. In addition to Bob’s outdoor hobbies, he enjoyed woodworking, DIY projects, boat building, gardening and canning with his wife, and creating new fishing flies that would catch fisherman.

Bob was predeceased by his parents; his wife JoAnn (Volavka) Nowlin; and siblings Alice, Grace, Helen, Esther, Eddy and Billy. He is survived by his son, Matthew Nowlin; daughter, Sarah Nowlin; daughter-in-law, Shannon Nowlin; two grandsons, Christopher Nowlin and Chevy Nowlin; and a sister, Johannah Lockwood.

Bob loved his family, his business, his dogs Peppy and Charlie, fishing and his truck. He had a charming sense of humor, a heart of gold and an iron will to live. He fought a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer. His family thanks the incredible palliative care team of Nichol and Jaelyn, who made his last days restful and peaceful, allowing him, after 96 years, to finally retire.

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