Robert Struble, Jr.

With sons Daniel & Michael, Summer 2004

February, 2010

Jeryl and Bob Struble, 20th anniversary, June 25, 2008


Historian & Writer 1968 – present

Teacher / Coach, 1981-2007

Party politician, 1988-98


The patriarch of the Struble family in America was Dietrich Strubel (Struble), a stonemason and farmer, who emigrated from Germany, arriving at Philadelphia in 1748.  During the American Revolution, this Dietrich (the author's great-great-great-great grandfather) gave moral and material support to the patriot cause, including sending one of his ten sons, Daniel Struble, to serve in the continental army under Gen. George Washington.  Among Dietrich's great-grandsons, George R. Struble, served as a district court judge in Iowa and speaker of the state house of representatives (1881-83), and Isaac S. Struble of Iowa, U.S. Congressman for four terms (1883-1891).  Their older brother, John T. Struble, (1828-1916) the author's great-grandfather, was a builder in Iowa City, Iowa and owned a farm nearby during the formative years of the 29th state

Bob Struble, Sr. (1899-1967), the author’s father, moved as a child from Iowa City to Spokane, Washington.  He went on to serve in both World Wars, and in many facets of public life in Washington State.  Bob, Sr.’s biography is available online.

Francis Ruth (Cowan) Struble (1921-1999), the author’s mother, also boasted an ancestry dating back to the American Revolution, and the DAR has recognized her father's line for service during the War for Independence.  Ruth worked as treasurer at Roosevelt High School in Seattle for many years.  She was a gifted seamstress and artist in woodwork, as well as a wise and nurturing mother.



Published in USA: American Political Science Assoc. [PS:PS&P]; Political Science Quarterly; Massachusetts School of Law, Andover [LTV]; Fidelity Magazine, National Catholic Register, Catholic Exchange, and other periodicals. Also Knights of Columbus, Centennial History. For exact citations and links to the articles, click here.

Published in UK: International Journal of Social Economics, Bradford, England.  Full citation.


TEACHER / COACH (certified, 1981; retired from teaching, June 2007)







1989 –













Taught Contemporary Issues, Sequim High School, 12th graders.     


Coached chess team, Bremerton High School, Bremerton WA .


Chico Pee Wee football, Bremerton WA.  Coached quarterbacks.


Taught History, Religion & Writing, grades 6-8, at Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Bremerton, WA.  Produced several award-winning writers.  Coached chess team to West Sound League championship, 1991-94; 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, Washington state jr. chess team championship, 1993


     Taught U.S. history at Bremerton High School., Bremerton WA and Cle Elum H.S. in Cle Elum, WA (both public schools) and The Overlake School in Redmond, WA (a private prep school).  Coached chess.

     Taught History of Europe, World History and U.S. History at Sea Pines Abroad, an American curriculum prep school, Faistenau bei Salzburg, Austria.  Coached soccer


Ballard High School, Seattle, WA.  Head freshman/sophomore football coach.  Six wins, one loss

Austria, Salzburg Lander

Austria, Salzburg Lander – what a place to be a European History teacher!



Panelist and speaker, Western Political Science Association forum on term-limits, (rotation in office), March 18-20, 1993


Steering committee member, LIMIT [1990-1992], which enacted term-limits into law by means of Initiative 573 (election of 1992, later voided by courts)


Spokesman for traditional marriage -- Referendum 71 campaign, 2009 election cycle in Washington State.


Party Affiliation: Republican until 2007; now independent.  For details, see My Partisan Pilgrimage.


GOP posts:

§         State Committeeman, three biennial terms, Washington State Republican Party, 1993-1998

§         State GOP Bylaws Committee, March, 1997 to 1998

§         Chairman of the Ad Hoc WSRP Committee on Legislative Accountability to the Platform, 1997

§         Rules Committee Chairman, Kitsap County Republican Convention, 1994, 1996

§         Chairman of the KCRP Committee on Accountability, 1997-1998

§         Chairman & founder of Republican Catholic Caucus of Washington state, 1998

§         Delegate to five State Republican Conventions, serving as:

platform committee member, 1988

credentials committee member, 1992

rules committee member, 1994, 1996

conservative floor leader, 1998


Formerly in Teamsters union, Hod-carriers union, and two teachers’ unions, the NEA and – at the outset of his teaching career – the AFT.


Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, June, 1981.  Degree – B.A. in Social Science Education; Minor: Economics
Honor societies in Education (Kappa Delta Pi), and History, (Phi Alpha Theta)


San Diego State University, CA, June, 1968 (campus population of then SDSC was 23,000).  Degree: BA in History, with specialty in ancient and modern European. Also did post-graduate work in history.

Phi Alpha Theta honor society – History.

Founded RFK for President, campus campaign organization, on behalf of Bobby Kennedy, 1968.

Served in student body offices (ASB) of graduate representative, administrative vice-president and executive coordinator, 1969-70.  Also campus chairman of anti-Vietnam war movement (SMC) 1969-70


University of Washington, 1961-66.  Consecutive majors: Engineering, Business, and History.  King County Alumni athletic/academic scholarship, 1961-62.  Frosh football, quarterback, 1961-62 

San Diego State University




North America: Canada and Mexico.  Drove the USA by car many times, coast to coast and border to border

Europe (his belated grand tour):

England, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Vatican City, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Greece, Iceland, Hungary, and European Turkey (Istanbul)

Asia & Asia Minor: Turkey, Israel, Golan Heights, the West Bank, and Sinai

Africa:  Egypt



Blanchet High School, Seattle, Washington.  Graduated, 1961).

  • National honor society, life membership
  • Four years on football team.  All-star quarterback, 1960, Northwest Catholic Conference
  • First place in national essay contest (scholarship included), 1961, National Defense Transportation Assoc.  Click here for text of winning essay; also newspaper coverage.

St. Michael’s School, Olympia, WA.  Graduated 8th grade, 1957

St. Francis of Assisi School, Spokane, WA.  Grades 1-7, 1949-56, altar boy

Shadle Park Elementary, Spokane, kindergarten, 1948-49

Birth: Washoe County, Nevada, 7 June 1943


National honor society, life membership







Wife, Jeryl Kay (Bangs) Struble, taught Russian at Bellevue Community College, 1991-2003. Jeryl and Bob have been married since 1988.

Mrs. Struble taught college classes in Russian, 1991-2003.  Elementary teacher since 2004.  Accomplished vocalist and songwriter. 


Children: Kathryn Elisabeth (b. 1989), Daniel Dietrich (b. 1993), Michael David George (b. 1998)


Passtimes: Bicycling, chess, flag-collecting, piano, bluegrass music, reading for pleasure, composing poetry.


Bob Struble and Jim Padden

Ten Commandments Visibility Chairman,  Knights of Columbus,
Council 1379, on left, placing plaque at Little League 
baseball field, with sponsor Jim Padden, 2004

Memberships: Roman Catholic Church (baptism, 1948); Knights of Columbus, KC Council 1379: lecturer, Knight of the Month, 10/08, 2/09; National Assoc. of Scholars; Academy of Political Science.


Boy Scouts, Merit Badge Counselor, “Citizenship in the Nation,” and “Citizenship in the Community,” 1999-2002.


References:  Click here for letters of recommendation, 1962-2007.



        Archival Footage & Photos, 1945-2004:

·        Teaching & student years, photographs (click here)

·        Personal & family photographs (click here)

·        Videos, 1980-2004 (click here)