World War II veteran Robert Ellison Hollingsworth joined the Navy in May of 1943, just shy of 18 years of age. He served aboard several Liberty ships in the Asiatic Pacific, American Area. He was a Motor Machinist Mate.
After coming home in 1946, he worked at the Petaluma Co-operative Creamery. He then bought a fishing boat in Bodega Bay and commercial fished for several years.
He married Janet Gilmere in 1957. Together they had five children. They moved to Bellingham, Wash. in 1967. They divorced, but shared the responsibility of raising their children.
He move to Seldovia, Alaska after the divorce and worked as a machinist aboard the Tustamina. He returned to Bellingham after his retirement.
Hollingsworth loved the sea and kept a boat at the Marina in Bellingham.
He is survived by his children, Robert Kelly Hollingsworth, Chris Sterling Hollingsworth, Russell John Hollingsworth, Julie Lynn Rawls and Marla Deann Seiler, all of Bellingham; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death, Helen Louise Land, Richard Authur Hollingsworth and Marian Ruth Waltrip.