Robert J. Pyzel

Jan. 1, 1933 — April 3, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Baker, MT


Robert Pyzel died peacefully at his family home with family at his side on April 3, 2019 of natural causes. 

Bob was born in Baker, MT on January 1, 1933. He married the love of his life, Lauretta, in Laurel, MT in 1952. He served in the US Navy and later attended Montana State University in Bozeman, MT with the GI Bill. He graduated with two engineering degrees in 1959.The family moved to Richland soon after graduation where he worked for G.E. then UNC, followed by Westinghouse. He was transferred to UNC Navel Products in Connecticut for seven years and then returned to continue work at Hanford until his retirement in 1994. 

He is survived by his two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his loving wife and two sons.

A private family graveside will be held at Sunset Gardens in Richland. A social gathering will be held at a later date. 

Einan’s at Sunset Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Guestbook for

Robert J. Pyzel

  • My first memories of Bob are the duck hunts he and Rich invited me on. I also worked with him when he managed some 300 Area facilities at UNC. Bob's ready laugh made work and play more pleasurable. He was a great model and it was a privilege to know him. Many condolences to Rich and Connie from Lindsay and I.

    John Dale
    April 10, 2019
  • I can still see Mr. Pyzel and my dad, Roger Jensen, sitting side-by-side on lawn chairs, sipping beer, on our Blue Street front lawn. They would laugh together and shake their heads about "God knows what..." :) Your dad's homemade icecream was a treat the neighborhood kids adored...He would threaten me with a ketchup topping to get me to banter with him....What a truly, awesome gift your dad was to our world.... I am visualizing that my dad greeted him on the other side....And, they are, still....laughing and shaking their heads together about their lives, their engineers, as dads, as men....

    Kimberly Jensen Pueschner
    April 8, 2019
    West Richland, Washington
  • I was fortunate to work for and with Bob during our spectacularly fun days at N Reactor - both when it was up and operating and through standby and shutdown. Bob was a patriarch of our N Reactor family, and those of thus there will think of him whenever we revisit that wonderful time. Bob was at the center of Operations for all of those years and influenced countless young folks who were just starting their careers as well as old-timers who respected his leadership and judgement. He knew N Reactor inside and out but even more importantly, he knew how to work with people, bring them together for a common purpose, and make then feel great about doing it in the process. I know there are many others thinking of him and his family at this sad time. The many things I learned from Bob are with me to this day. So glad to have known him!

    Ronnie Feil
    April 7, 2019

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