The Stinson Family Fundraising Was Successful | Bellevue

Hailey Stolze writer

His son Jason Stinson said that before Bob Stinson, a lifelong Bellevue resident, died of cancer, he was really rallying the community around him.

Community support was evident Saturday evening when people flooded the Bellevue Volunteer Firefighters Hall for a fundraising pasta dinner.

“Bob’s friends were very important to him,” said Linda Stinson, Bob’s wife.

The 1977 Bellevue High School graduate gave back to the community while working for the Bellevue Police Department, Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department and Bellevue Parks Department.

Since Bob’s death, the residents of Bellevue have come to the aid of the Stinson family. Community members Larry Lampman, Diane Bruce and Debbie Colchen organized a fundraiser Saturday to help raise funds to offset some of the family’s medical costs.

Lampman, who worked with Bob for the Bellevue Police Department, said he began planning this dinner before his death on May 26. They decided to continue the event, which raised money from donations, lotteries and silent auctions.

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His family expressed their gratitude for helping the community.

“We appreciate everything that is being done to support us,” Linda said.

They said Bob’s friends were helpful by making sure his family was taken care of. One such supporter was Stephen Knutson, a former Bellevue City Council member. He took food for the Stinson family.

Knutson was one of about 200 people who attended the event. He said he wanted to do anything he could to continue helping the family.

After working in the fire department with Bob for several years, Knutson said he got to know him all that time.

“He’s a very smart person and easy to get along with,” Knutson said. “He knew what he needed to get done.”

When he lost his battle to cancer, he was serving as a representative for Bellevue City Council. He was planning to run for re-election in the next general election in November. Jason said his dad really cares about the people of Bellevue and will make time for whoever needs it.

Knutson also acknowledged how proud Bob Bellevue was.

“He gave his life for the city,” Knutson said. “He has been a real strength of our community. It is one of those things that we regret losing.”

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