Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Robert  Koops Memorial
Robert  Koops Memorial

Robert Koops

Robert Koops

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Robert E. ‘Butch’ Koops, 73, a lifelong Lyman resident, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2020.

Butch was born in Burlington, WA, on October 20, 1946 the son of Jacob ‘Jake’ and Irene (Pierson) Koops.  He was raised in Lyman where he attended grade school. At high school he played football, where he was elected Vice President.

Butch graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School with the class of 1965.

Butch worked at the family owned market in Lyman followed by becoming a log truck driver for a while, then as the planer operator at the Sedro-Woolley Lumber/Boyd Lumber mill.  In the mid-80’s he got back in the seat driving log truck for Janicki Logging and then as a long haul driver for Janicki Industries, retiring in February 2019 after driving trucks for majority of his life.

Butch was an avid hunter and fisherman, a beef cattle rancher, rode motorcycles and even snowmobiles all across the country. Butch was a volunteer firefighter for Punkin Center. He was a member of the Skagit Steelhead, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the NRA.

Butch is survived by his wife and companion of many years, his shorty, Sherry, at the family home in Lyman; his step-children, Susan Allison and husband John of Sedro-Woolley and Robert Soren and companion Tiana of Mount Vernon; four grandchildren, Kaylee and husband Jeremy Scott, Johnny Allison and wife Danielle, Kyle Allison and Janice Soren; six great-grandchildren, Logan and Cheyenne Scott, Charley & John Luke Allison and Frankie and Autumn Hutchison; his brother. Gary Koops of Lyman; his ‘adopted son’ Brian Waclaski, and his beloved constant companion, his dog Kingston.  Butch was preceded in death by his parents and his other two beloved Airedales, Whiskers and Jigs.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on April 11th, 2020 to be announced on the location.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Butch and sign the online guest register.



  • Bobbi

    So sorry Sherry and Gary, just when he retired and could be able to slow down and enjoy more free time, treasure your memories..

  • Peggy Cochran

    Sherry I am with you. Butch was a special person and will be missed but know he will always be with you. I love you both so much.

  • John Hunter

    I had the pleasure to work with Butch for many years at Janicki Industries. I was always amazed how he always showed up every day in good humor and with a smile.
    A great guy. He will be missed.

  • Denelle cochran

    Uncle Butch you will be dearly missed and thought of often. We love you!

  • Angela Walton-Rogers

    Aunt Sherry, I’m so very sorry for your loss and can’t imagine the pain you’re going through. I’m so sorry that I didn’t get to know Butch but I know he was a heckuva guy to keep you so happy. All our love ❤