July 18, 1928 to July 19, 2013
Robert Grass was a resident of Orcas Island from 1971 to 1998. He is survived by his son Charles Grass, Renton Wash., granddaughter Angela Denallo of Cleveland, OH; Sisters Diana Relf of Bonney Lake, Wash., Ava Mahoney of Council Bluff, Iowa and Carol Prindle of Marysville, Wash., and his longtime companion, golf and travel partner Dorothy Lind, of Lakewood, Wash. Robert was a past president and the last surviving charter member of the Orcas Island Lions club, and a member of the American Legion Post 93, Eastsound, WA. Robert was a US Marine Reservist prior to the Korean conflict where he served in the US Army Infantry Corps.
Robert left his mark on Orcas Island as one of the original purchasers of privately owned rental units at Rosario Resort, the developer of Grassylvania Airport Estates and the Evergreen Apartments on Seaview Street. Active in real estate, Robert was founder of #1 Realty of Orcas Island, which became the John L Scott, Orcas Island, franchise, and which he turned over to Martin Zier on his retirement to Renton, Wash. In his leisure years, Robert found a part-time occupation as a summer greens-keeper at Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish, Wash. for almost 13 summers with voluntary retirement June 2012 due to his failing health.
Remembrances may be made to the Olga Cemetery, where his younger son, Edward Grass is interred, the Orcas Island Lions Scholarship fund or the Post 93 American Legion Scholarship fund, or the University of Washington Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
Bob will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery where military honors will be rendered on July 29 at 2:30 p.m. sharp.