Robert "Bob" J. Blaser
Recitation of the Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial were held for Robert "Bob" J. Blaser on Aug. 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tillamook.
Bob was born Mar. 21, 1933, in Tillamook to Carl and Maysel Blaser and passed away Aug. 11, 2009, in Portland at age 76.
A confident yet modest man, Bob held his beliefs and values tightly. He could trace his heritage to settlers who crossed the Oregon Trail and to his Swiss grandfather, Joseph Blaser. Their spirit set the way for a sense of strong family values and conviction that remained with Bob his entire life.
He grew up in Tillamook, attended Sacred Heart Academy and graduated from the New Tillamook Catholic High School in 1951. While in school, he was active in sports, especially boxing. After an impressive lightweight record with the Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Association, he went on to box professionally for 125 bouts before being defeated.
He married Helen Wassmer, his high school sweetheart, Nov. 11, 1952. They would have celebrated their 57th anniversary this fall.
Bob and Helen had their first daughter, Lori, in May 1954. He then was drafted on Dec. 1 and served in the Second Armored Division Occupation of Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1956.
Bob returned home and purchased his great-uncle John Weber's dairy farm.
He and Helen welcomed daughters Traci in 1958 and Wendi in 1959. Daughter Juli completed the Blaser family in 1965.
In 1969, Bob switched his dairy farm to an Angus beef cattle ranch. The farm remains in the family and celebrated the Century Farm Designation in 1998.
He also worked as a real estate agent at Great Western Realty and later Property Management Inc. He was employed by Publishers Paper Company and later Hampton Lumber, from which he retired in 1993.
Active in the community, he was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tillamook Elks Lodge, Tillamook County Pioneer Society and a lifetime member of the Lewis Pacific Swiss Society. He served on the boards of the Tillamook Lions Club, Red Clover Cheese Factory and the Tillamook Cheese and Dairy Association.
Bob was one of the original founders of the popular "smoker" boxing tournament in the 1980 Doernbecher's Charity Drive.
Bob loved Trask River camping trips with his family, razor clam digging, hunting, and telling a good story. He also loved Dixieland jazz and dancing with his sweetheart, Helen.
He cherished his family, friends and time spent together. He will be greatly missed and never replaced.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Maysel Blaser; brother Carl H. Blaser; sister Nancy Blaser; and grandsons Aaron Blaser King and Lucas Mackay.
He is survived by wife Helen J. Blaser of Tillamook; and daughters Lori and husband Tim Carpenter of Netarts; Traci Blaser of Syracuse, N.Y.; Wendi Downing and husband Bennet of Tillamook; and Juli and husband Jason Sagar of Tillamook; brothers William "Bill" Blaser of Tillamook and Don G. Blaser of Pasco, Wash.; grandchildren Kalie King and fiancae Joe Savage, Natalie Richie and husband Paul, Amy Downing, and Laura, John and Amy Niederhofer; and great-grandchildren Ashton Hathaway and Skylar Richie. He had numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Bob.
Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, with arrangements by Waud's Funeral Home.