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Robert "Bob" Grau passed away January 14, 2014, in his home surrounded by his
loving family and devoted dog, Lucy. He was born May 25, 1931, to Carl and Mary (Walmsley) Grau at The Toledo Hospital. He graduated from Whitmer High School in 1949, and married his high school sweetheart, Beatrice Mohr on October 18, 1952. During the Korean War, Bob served in the U.S. Navel Reserves. He owned and
operated the Western Auto Store on Dorr near Reynolds until 1986, after which he drove school bus for Washington Local Schools and the Boys & Girls Club. He served as president of Glann School PTA, was a founding father and first president of the S.W. YMCA, and a council member of Epiphany Lutheran Church. He loved his many years at Round Lake, Manitou Beach, MI, fishing, waterskiing, and teaching family and friends to ski and snorkel. He was an avid
tennis and softball player, known for pitching many a game into his 70s. In retirement, he and Bea enjoyed traveling the U.S. and Canada, including two trips to Alaska in their motor home.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Bea and his adored children, Sherry (Michael) Vinson of Fremont, Peggy (Eric) Ornstein of Morton Grove, IL, Patty Lueck of Newburgh, NY, Steven (Tina) Grau of Sylvania, and Cathy (Tim) Wilson of Escanaba, MI; his grandchildren, Jason Grove, Katie Grove, Kelsey (Mike) Heinz, Adam Ornstein, Chris Lueck, Karissa, Eli, Cianna, and Gabrielle Grau, Sarah (Terry) Pearson and Alex Wilson; one great-grandson, Joel Robert Pearson and a great-granddaughter, Heinz, due in March. He often said that he had a wonderful life and will always be remembered for his loving and
giving spirit. In that spirit, he donated his body to the
University of Toledo Medical Center.
Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m., Saturday, January 18, until the time of the memorial service at 4 p.m., in the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 Sylvania Avenue. Memorial contributions may be made to ProMedica Hospice, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo, or the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation.
Online condolences to the family may be sent at
Ansberg-West Funeral Directors
3000 Sylvania Ave Toledo, OH 43613
Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 17, 2014