KRASS, Robert J.
Long-time resident of Fair Oaks, passed away on February 26, 2014. Bob was born in Pueblo, Colorado on March 31, 1923. He served in WWII in the Army Air Corp. As an Air Force Reconnaissance Pilot during the Korean War, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal, completing over 100 missions. After discharge from the service, he trained pilots as a Civilian Contract Instructor for the Air Force Reserve in both Texas and Florida. In 1961, he and his family moved to San Diego where he became a Principal Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA. In 1970, he moved to Long Beach, CA to become the Regional Office Flying Safety Inspector and in 1973 transferred to Sacramento where he was the Western Region FAA District Chief until his retirement in 1981.
He is preceded in death by three siblings and his first wife of 51 years, Mary Krass. In 1998, Hildegard Waters became his beloved second wife and they have celebrated 16 wonderful years.
In addition to Hildegard, Bob's surviving family includes daughter, Pam Abbott (Dave), step-sons, Brent Waters (Michelle), Bryan Waters (Karen) and three grandchildren, Michelle Abbott, Cassidy Waters and Nicholas Waters; sister-in-law Ruth Krasovich and numerous nieces and nephews.
Early in his retirement, Bob could be found volunteering at Mission Oaks Rec Center and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, fishing and flying model airplanes. He belonged to Northridge CC since 1998 and enjoyed playing golf with the 'Seniors'.
Family and friends are invited to a 'Memorial Mass' at Divine Savior Catholic Church, 9079 Greenback Lane, Orangevale, on March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the
, 1455 Response Rd #190, Sacramento 95815.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Mar. 16, 2014