Robert Julius Brass

Robert Julius Brass

LONG BEACH - Ocean Park resident Robert J. "Bob Brass, 76, died July 16, 2004, in Long Beach.

The son of Julius and Ruth (Blake) Brass, he was born in Kalispell, Mont., on Jan. 31, 1928. He grew up in Helena, Mont., and in 1943 moved with his family to Seattle where he graduated from Ballard High School. In 1951 he graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor's degree in education. He later obtained his master's degree.

Mr. Brass began his teaching career at Port Orchard and later taught in Parkland. Taking a year off, he worked at Boeing Aircraft before resuming teaching in Beaverton, Ore., where he was vice principal at Meadow Park Junior High, retiring in 1986. In 1993 he moved to Ocean Park.

He was a member and past-master of Beaverton Lodge No. 100 AF&AM and Sherwood Lodge No. 164 AF&AM and was a member of Occident Lodge No. 99 AF&AM of Ilwaco. He also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Knights Templar Commandery. In years past he was a member of the Toastmasters Club, the Lions Club where he served as president and also served as president of the Beaverton Education Association. Locally he was a member of Ocean Park Lutheran Church and had served as president of the Peninsula Senior Center in Klipsan Beach.

His favorite activities included golf, traveling and playing pinochle. In past years he enjoyed serving as a camp host at Oregon State Parks on the Oregon coast. He enjoyed people and was a devoted husband and father.

He and Lois Swanson were married April 4, 1952. She survives. Also surviving are daughter Christine Brass of Seattle; daughters and sons-in-law Vickie and Steve Tennant of Mandeville, La., and Robi and Dave Kozinski of Plano, Texas; son and daughter-in-law John and Karen Brass of Ocean Park; brother Bill Brass of Lakeside, Mont.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; niece Mary Granger; and nephews Bill Brass Jr. and David Bumgardner.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 21, at 2 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge in Ilwaco. A celebration of life will be Thursday, July 22, at 11 a.m., at Ocean Park Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to the Peninsula Senior Center in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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