Bobby Maximo Pagaling

Bobby Maximo Pagaling

Bobby Maximo Pagaling, age 65, Newport Washington, joined his Father in Heaven due to a logging accident on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Bobby was born on June 25, 1954, in Torrence, California to his mother Francis Antonia Romero Chavez, and father Fermen Pagaling. Bobby escaped a dangerous lifestyle in the streets of California after being sent to prison in Oregon in 1973. Awhile incarcerated he became the War Chief of the Native American Club. Bobby was chosen because on June 25, the day he was born, Sitting Bull had a vision that crazy horse was going to defeat Custer, a sheer sign of his spiritual strength. He won the right for Native American people to keep their long hair while incarcerated by having a Medicine Man come in and bless each Native’s hair and continued to advocate for Native American rights.

After being released he met the love of his life, Valerene Fickes in 1980. He and his wife fought alongside the Native American Civil Rights group known as American Indian Movement (AIM). He took in his son John Nunnery and had two more boys with his wife Bobby Little-Hawk Pagaling and Sampson Standing-Bear Peter Pagaling.

He was widowed after his wife passed in a car accident in Newport, Washington and never remarried. He continued raising his boys finding many struggles and hardships along the way but met the mother of his next child Marilyn Jane Nick and had a son Sky-hy Mariano Pagaling. Soon after he met the mother of his next three children, a loving mother and life long friend Joann Nick-Augustine and had two sons and a daughter, Stormy Jo Pagaling, Byson Stands-Alone Pagaling and Haley Miranda Augustine-Pagaling. Soon after he met the mother of the last of his natural born children Amanda King and had two sons Mercedes Nathan Pagaling and Gabriel Two-Rivers Pagaling.

He would become a father figure to the children who came into his life including Nicole Marie Augustine and Randy Paul Nunez and many others along the way. He was Grandpa Bob to 19 grandchildren, and he cherished each one for the time he spent with them. He lived his life in love, raised his children in love and created loyalty’s and friendships that became his crowning achievement.

Bobby lived his life in joy and laughter and asked to be remembered in the same way. A two-day Wake will take place beginning Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 6:00pm through 10:00pm Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Scotia House, 162 Narrow Lane (off Scotia Rd) Newport, Washington 99156. The Funeral Services will take place Thursday, June 6 at 4:00pm at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 612 W 1st St Newport, WA 99156 officiated by Reverend Victor Blazovich and the burial to follow at the Newport Cemetery. A special thanks from the Pagaling family and their loved one’s goes out to the Kalispel Tribe for their generosity and understanding in this difficult time.

We would listen for the many visitors that would attempt to scale our Mountain and take pride as we sat on top. My father like the Chief he was, would send his warriors to the aid of the weary travelers. With the strength of our mountain we stood as one. The Mountain and Me.

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Newport, WA is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at