Robert (Bob) Jerry Essex was born Jan. 7, 1971 in Vancouver, WA to Richard and Kathleen Essex. He passed away August 21, 2021 at his home in Longview, WA. Bob attended high school in Camas, college at Portland State, and worked for Cowlitz County PUD. Bob is survived by his father Richard Essex, His brother Gregory Essex, Sister-in-law Cindy Essex, Nephew Christofer Essex, Sister Carolyn Grant, Brother-in-law David Grant, Nephew Phoenix Grant, Niece Mackenzie Grant, Aunt Sharon McEneny, Uncle Don McEneny, and cousins. Bob loved the outdoors and spending time with the family. Nearly every year he took a camping trip with family members, enjoying the scenery, wildlife, fishing and hiking. One year he even brought home a photo of a mountain goat he encountered! He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and had recently taken up skeet shooting with friends. Bob also enjoyed tinkering on 4x4’s and hot rods (souping them up). If the hot rod’s front wheels left the ground when he stepped on the gas, then that was a job well done; the more power the better. Bob was an extremely hard worker and took pride in everything he built, from his home in Longview to his hot rods. Bob also had a huge heart and was always there to help others when there was need. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held at Straub's Funeral Home on Saturday August 28, at 1:00 PM.