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Robert Racine

Robert Joseph Racine passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Brookside Manor in Hood River, Ore., where he had resided since December 2011.

He was a previous resident of Grass Valley. He was 91.

A private service took place in Hood River, Ore.

Bob was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Detroit to Fedore and Gertrude Fisher Racine.

After high school, Bob attended Michigan Technological University where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in chemical engineering in June 1942. On Aug. 7, 1942, Bob married Elizabeth (Betty Jo) Alexander in Hoquiam, Wash.

Following graduation, Bob was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Bob’s Army career included overseas duty as a company commander in the invasion of the Aleutian Islands in May 1943, as well as invasions of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Okinawa.

Bob achieved the rank of captain and was discharged from active service in November 1945.

Bob began his career in the industrial chemical industry in Wisconsin.

He retired in 1985 as manager of an industrial chemical company in Southern California.

In 1988, Bob and Betty Jo moved to Grass Valley to enjoy their retirement years near family and friends while traveling extensively throughout the world.

Bob is survived by his son, Robert A. Racine and wife, Rue, of Grass Valley; and his daughter, Gretchen Jacobs and husband, Dan, of Mt. Hood, Ore. His grandchildren include, Rachel Sowieja (Don) of Portland, Ore.; Ben Jacobs of Spring, Texas; Brett Racine (Cheryl) of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Brooke Racine of Rocklin; and Blake Racine of Chico.

He is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Faith, Isabel, Josie and Bailey.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty Jo in 2008 and sister Elizabeth Ann in 1953.


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