Robert Krahn, Class of 1944

Krahn, Robert L. 83 3/15/1926 11/27/2009 Robert "Bob" Krahn died peacefully Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Pacific Gardens Alzheimer's Care Center in Northeast Portland. Bob was born in Boise, March 15, 1926, and his parents, Robert and Edith, relocated to Portland that same year. Bob graduated from Washington High School in January 1944 and entered the U.S. Navy officer's training program, first at Gonzaga University in Spokane and then at the University of Washington in Seattle. While in Seattle he was introduced to Mary Andrealli of nearby Carnation, Wash., whom he would eventually marry. He became an ensign and completed a tour of duty in the South Pacific aboard the hospital ship USS Repose which included visits to China. Upon returning to civilian life, he used the GI Bill to earn a degree in electrical engineering at UW where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. In 1948, Bob and Mary were married in Carnation and honeymooned in Sun Valley, Idaho. They lived in west Seattle while Bob finished engineering school and then moved to Portland where Bob went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, eventually heading the hydroelectric design branch. Bob, Mary, son, Rick, and daughter, Susan, lived in the Wilson Park area of Southwest Portland. In 1979, Bob left the Corps and relocated to Denver where he was the chief engineer for the Western Area Power Administration. Bob and Mary enjoyed living in Colorado until 1981 when they relocated briefly to San Francisco before returning to Portland and settling in West Linn. He worked as a project management engineer for Corvallis based CH2M HILL Engineering until his retirement in 1990. Bob was proud of his achievements in engineering, being involved in a range of successful power generating and transmission projects throughout the Western United States and Alaska. He served a term as president of the Portland chapter of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and went on a technical exchange trip to Russia and a trade mission to North Africa. Bob was as passionate about his hobbies as he was about his work and typically became proficient in short order. He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, skiing, sailing, flying and classical guitar. He learned to fly, owned his own small plane and flew gliders. In retirement he focused on golf, especially with his group of regulars at the Oregon City Golf Club. Along with Mary he spent a lot of time with his grandsons, Ben and Joey, always enjoying attending their sports events. For several years he volunteered on committees for the city of West Linn and Clackamas County, applying his engineering experience to local water resource issues. Most of all Bob Krahn was a genuinely good guy, liked by all who knew him for his easy smile and optimistic attitude. His family always regarded him as a stable rock of a husband and father who was always there for us. Bob is survived by his brother, Gaylord Krahn of McCall, Idaho; wife, Mary; son, Richard Krahn; daughter, Susan Anderson; and three grandsons, Ben Anderson, Joey Anderson and Andrew Krahn. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. A reception will follow at O'Connor's Restaurant, 7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97219; 503-244-1690. Instead of flowers, please send remembrances to a charity of your choice. Riverview Abbey Funeral Home, directors.