Robert (Bob) E. Grace
September 1, 1931 – October 5, 2021
Robert E. Grace passed away on October 5, 2021 in Harrisonburg. He was born in Ada, Oklahoma on September 1, 1931 to parents Frances and D.B. Grace. He graduated from McAlister High School in 1949 and enlisted in the Navy in 1951, serving on the U.S. Midway for 3 years. In 1955, while enrolled at Oklahoma A & M in Stillwater, OK to study Forestry, Bob was also taking flight lessons. There, in 1956, he met Sue Pringle, who was a flight instructor at the airport. They were married in Harrisonburg, Virginia on January 30, 1957, before returning to Stillwater, OK where he graduated in December of 1957.
Bob and Sue moved to Haleyville, Alabama in January 1958, where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a Forester. Later that year, their son was born in October. A daughter was born in September of 1960 prior to their move to Virginia in 1961. Bob provided his expertise to the recently purchased Susie Q Farm, bringing his knowledge of animal husbandry and land management to the family farm outside of the Broadway area. A second daughter was born in late December of that year. Bob and his new family moved into their new home in April of 1962. Bob continued to provide management oversight to the farm while signing on as part of the large construction effort to build the new Interstate 81 between the Harrisonburg and New Market areas. In 1965, he returned to U.S. Forest Service, serving on the Lee Ranger District that includes Broadway, and later in Harrisonburg, caring for the resources of the George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forests. As part of his forestry duties, he acted as fire fighter in local forest fires and later served as a Fire Boss to coordinate firefighting efforts in Virginia and numerous fires out west.
Bob was Director of the Massanutten Visitors Center and active in promoting environmental education. He was instrumental in establishing the Youth Conservation Corps on the George Washington National Forest.
He was an active member in the New Market Lions Club and was elected to District Governor in 1971. Bob brought the Forest Service and the Lions Club together to facilitate construction of a trail for the visually challenged called “The Lion's Tale”. He was also active with the American Legion Post in Timberville, VA.
After 23 years with the Forest Service, he retired in 1981. Working regionally, Bob developed the scope of Best Management Practices for the Gypsy Moth incursion, which was moving into the commonwealth. Bob created The Shenandoah Valley Gypsy Moth Program, combining his love of flying with his vast knowledge in forestry and Integrated Pest Management involving five counties.
A man of great humor and compassion, he remained an avid motorcyclist and pilot into his later years. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. Bob loved relating tales of his adventures.
Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sue Pringle Grace and three children, all living on the family farm: John Victor Grace and Tina Marie Burton Grace, Christine Frances Grace and Watt Bradshaw, and Barbara Ann Grace. Bob Grace was Granddaddy Bob to five beloved grandchildren: Amanda Michelle Grace of Charlottesville, Joshua Matthew Grace of Broadway, Rebecca Marie Grace of Pennsylvania, Kelly Pringle Bradshaw of Richmond, VA and Luke Samuel Bradshaw of Boise, Idaho. Bob will be cremated, and a Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in the Community Room above Eagle Carpet in Harrisonburg. Doors will open at 1:00pm and the service will begin at 1:30pm. Friends will be invited to stay until 3:00pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Rescue Squad.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.
- Sue Pringle Grace, Wife
- John Victor Grace (Tina Marie Burton Grace), Son
- Christine Frances Grace (Watt Bradshaw), Daughter
- Barbara Ann Grace, Daughter
- Amanda Michelle Grace, Grandchild
- Joshua Matthew Grace, Grandchild
- Rebecca Marie Grace, Grandchild
- Kelly Pringle Bradshaw, Grandchild
- Luke Samuel Bradshaw, Grandchild
- Frances Grace, Mother (deceased)
- D. B. Grace, Father (deceased)
Broadway Rescue Squad
P. O. Box 666, Broadway, Virginia 22815
Memorial & Celebration of Life Service
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eagle Carpet Community RoomThe Doors Will Open At 1:00 pm With The Service Beginning At 1:30 pm. Friends Will Be Invited To Stay Until 3:00 pm.
Robert (Bob) E. Grace
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Faye and Marvin Luckett
October 16, 2021
How very saddened we are to learn of Bob's passing. The world is certainly a lesser place without him. This fine, honorable man was a treasured gift as friend, caring father and devoted husband.
We were blessed to share many moments with you all, which we remember with great fondness and love. He was a man of physical and personal strength which he generously shared if needed; had a sense of humor that was contagious AND he inspired Marvin to go get his first pair of cowboy boots!
Please know that our hearts and prayers are present today as you gather with others who mourn his loss and continue to hold him in their hearts with love.
October 13, 2021
I was a caregiver for Bob . When I first met him I thought wow I had my work cut out for me. I thought stubborn and set in his ways . But I liked that about him because that meant he was a fighter and a challenge and I respected him and he respected me because he knew I was there not as a job but as a friend and we became great friends. I loved playing cards with him and listening to the stories he told. It was great knowing him and his wonderful amazing family who made me feel apart of there family. Great memories I will have with me . Thanks Bob for all those wonderful times you made me laugh and the challenges you gave me I will keep the memories close to my heart forever. Many prayers and blessings and love to the family he left behind.
Barbara and Hunter Price
October 11, 2021
So sorry to hear about Bob. He was a special person that wanted to help everyone. Enjoyed being in the Lions Club with him. You all will stay in our thoughts and prayers.
Barbara & Hunter Price
October 10, 2021
Dearest Sue and family. Thinking you with sympathy, with love and with a prayer that God will bless you everyday and keep you in His care. Someone who meant so much to all as Bob will live on in so many loving memories.
October 8, 2021
Grandaddy Bob was an amazing grandfather, best I could ask for. My heart is full of all the wonderful times we spent together. All the farm mysteries he sent us kids on (like the Smith creek alligator and the buried circus elephant on the farm). He taught all of us to ride ATVs when we were all quite young. Ill never forget him teaching me to shoot, or riding around the farm in his truck when I was little to look at things, or when I would be doing field/fenceline work he would drive down with Iced water bottles to give to me. Ill never forget hanging out in the hot tub when we were little and he would come in and toss ice cubes at us (and we all wanted to catch them). All the dinners we had together on Friday nights he always knew what the meal was gonna be if I asked (goferguts and collards!). There are so many I can't possibly capture them all in this post. Im so blessed and grateful that he was so involved so much in my life growing up. He will live on in all of us. <3
Mike and Susan Phillips
October 8, 2021
We send our deepest sympathy to all the family on the loss of Bob.
He was such an interesting person. He always had a good story to tell. I (Mike) will never forget the time that he took me flying. It was fun to fly over the farm land here in the valley! He actually let me fly the plane which was a new experience for me.
We send our thoughts, and prayers as you remember, and celebrate a life that was well lived. God bless.