Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Gritton

Robert Lee “Bob” Gritton passed away peacefully Sept. 14, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. He was 84 years old.

Bob was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 24, 1934. He traveled across the U.S. in his youth with his family and settled in California. Shortly after graduating from high school, he worked as a sheet-metal worker and also obtained his Associate of Arts degree. In 1955 he became a soldier in the U.S. Army, Korean conflict, with assignment to the Corps of Engineers. He married Jeanne Anne Johnson on June 21,1958, in Long Beach.

Bob continued to work as a civilian in Long Beach and the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake. He won several medals, including the secretary of the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He also obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in public and business administration from Cal State, Bakersfield. In addition to his employment as a weapons systems program manager, Bob was involved in community theater, CLOTA, as a technical Director and the Backyard Players.

Family camping and fishing were also favorite pastimes, as well as coaching Little League baseball in China Lake. Upon retirement in 1989, Bob and Jeanne moved to Bellingham, Wash. In 2000, they moved to small town Cle Elum. His last days were spent in Olympia, where he was able to spend more time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bob lived by the simple guidelines of Family First! Life is often a matter of Just Showing Up!

He also liked to think that he coined the phrase: “Hey, What’s wrong with this?” (referring to the fact that he always enjoyed where he was and who he was with).

Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jeanne; sons Greg, Mark and Bob (Mac) and spouses and daughter Jennifer; sister Mary and spouse; grandchildren Jordan, Phillip, Alyssa, and spouses, Andrea, Hannah and Ethan; five great-grandchildren; and his faithful dog, Lacey.

The Neptune Society is in charge of funeral arrangements. Burial will take place at Tahoma National Veterans Cemetery in Kent, Wash., at a date to be announced later.

Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

— Submitted by the family of Robert Gritton

Story First Published: 2019-10-04