Robert Virgil Grandstaff

By From page A2 | November 22, 2013

Robert Grandstaff

June 17, 1920 — Nov. 9, 2013

After a short illness, the Lord called Robert home. Robert was born in Sydney, Iowa, on June 17, 1920, to his parents, Fredrick and Erma Grandstaff. He was raised in Newton and Grinnell, Iowa. As a young man, he farmed and ran his own transportation business.

During World War II, serving as a crew chief on the B-27s and B-29s, Master Sgt. Grandstaff was awarded the Bronze Star for saving the lives of eight fellow veterans. Robert moved to the Modesto, Calif., area after World War II and began his career with the State of California Department of Water Resources. Working as a Supervisor on the California Aqueduct, his career spanned 17 years upon retirement. Bob’s talents were many and ranged from writing poetry to major, ground-up construction.

Robert was a very sensitive, gentle and giving man with a beautiful smile who never met a stranger. Because of his love to help others, he began a second career with True Value a the age of 82 and continued to work until the age of 93.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn; sons, Stephen Grandstaff and Raymond Creek; grandchildren, Kelly Grandstaff and Melissa Owens; great-grandchildren, Tyler Sidell and Lucas Owens; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Erma Grandstaff; sisters, Wanda and Leona; and brothers, Fred Roy and Vern Grandstaff.

Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery in Modesto, Calif., with full military honors. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Through our tears and sorrows, you will be missed and loved in all our tomorrows.


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