Celebration of life Saturday for lifelong West Seattleite Bob Gramm

September 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 1 Comment

Family and friends of Bob Gramm will gather next Saturday at The Kenney to celebrate his life. Here’s the remembrance shared with us by his daughter:

Robert “Bob” Gramm died September 9, 2013, at 95 years old. He was born in Seattle, August 2, 1918, to Paul and Genevieve (Barnecut) Gramm. He was a lifelong resident of West Seattle, graduating from West Seattle High School in 1936.

He worked as an airplane mechanic at Boeing, until joining the Army Air Corps just as World War II was ending. He served in the occupation forces in Japan and the Philippines. He returned to Boeing and became a cost estimator, retiring after 35+ years.

In 1944, he married Barbara Jacobson and they enjoyed skiing, hiking, and traveling. Bob loved salmon fishing and boats, made wine, flew kites, and tinkered inventively.

Much to their surprise, their first and only child, Julie, was born in 1958. Bob was an eager and involved father, and eventually became an active grandfather to Julie’s children. He never was afraid to change a diaper!

After caring for Barbara, who’d developed Alzheimer’s, Bob moved to The Kenney retirement home. The kind staff and residents appreciated his good nature and sense of humor, and he ended his days there in comfort.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, and brothers Warren and Earle. He is survived by his daughter, Julie, son-in-law Ken Kvalheim, and grandchildren Andrew, Holly, and Robert.

On Saturday, October 5, 2:00, there will be an informal gathering at The Kenney (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW), to celebrate Bob’s life.

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  1. I have good memories of Bob and Barbara. I’m sorry for your loss.

    Comment by Lois — 4:56 pm September 29, 2013 #

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