GRANGEVILLE: Bob DeHaas 1942- 2005
Cancer claimed the life of another Warrior on October 16, 2005. Bob DeHaas chose to go home to a place of peace and free of pain but not before four years of fighting his disease with courage, determination and true grit. Bob was born Douglas Robert
DeHaas on June 13, 1942 in Grangeville, Idaho and was the tenth of eleven children born to William and Clara DeHaas. He grew up on the family farm working hard and playing hard with his siblings, friends and extended family. While attending school in Grangeville Bob met Georgia Russell. They were married in 1963. She was his one true love, best friend, and fought for him until the end.
After graduating from Grangeville High School in 1961, Bob worked at Stegner Grain & Seed until 1962 when he went to work for Willett Brothers Auto Parts. He later became store manager where he stayed until his retirement in 2003. Bob was member of the BPO Elks 1825 and served many capacities including Grangeville’s Exalted Ruler, member of the Trustees, State District Deputy, and as President of the Idaho State Association of Trustees during 1998-1999. He was member of the Snowdrifters Club, racing snowmobiles during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Bob served on the Grangeville Border Days Committee for many years and served as President during 1991. Bob is a member of the Grangeville Christian Church.
Bob and Georgia have two daughters, Tracie and Vanja. He showed them how to camp, fish, detail cars, dance, and how to fix anything with duct tape and WD-40. After the girls started their own careers and family, Bob and Georgia made many trips to see them and vacation with them. In addition to staying with his girls in Boise, Bob loved traveling with his wife; camping, fishing at Dworshak; snow mobiling in the mountains; smoking cigars around a camp fire; driving his 1950 Merc; crabbing in the Oregon Coast with his brother in law; and hanging out with his son in laws. Bob took great pride in doing a job right the first time. He worked at the same job for 41 years; was married to the same woman for 42 years; lived in the same house 38 years, and made friendships that lasted a lifetime.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, William DeHaas; his sisters, Pat Fischer and Betty Forseth; and his brothers, Marian and Richard DeHaas. He is survived by his wife, Georgia; daughters and son in laws, all in Boise, Tracie DeHaas-Drabek and Dave Drabek and Vanja and Justin Waters; Grandchildren, Alexandra & Conner Drabek and Mila and Phoebe Waters; his mother Clara DeHaas; his brothers all in Grangeville, John(Suzie), Frank(Rosella), Don(Myrna), Bernard(Barbara), and Gary DeHaas; his sister in Connell, WA, Sharon Hogaboam(Corky); his brother in law in Redmond, OR, Cliff Russell(Sheri); sister in law in Crooked River, OR, Win Chamberlin; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Friday, October 21, 2005 at the Grangeville Christian Church at 11:00 a.m. with graveside services to follow at Prairie View Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Family suggests memorial contributions to the Grangeville Christian Building Fund or to Syringa General Hospital. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com