Robert G. Grau, 68, of Hellertown, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at his residence after a three-year battle with cancer. Born in Philadelphia on April 16, 1943 to the late Elizabeth (Sheehan) and Theodore Grau, at the age of six months he moved with his parents to Trevose, Pa.
He graduated from Bensalem High School in 1961. He joined the U.S. Navy and attended Aviation Electronics A School at NATTC Memphis. Afterwards he was assigned to Patrol Squadron 17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., and then attended Aviation Electronics B School at NATTC Memphis. He was assigned to Patrol Squadron 56 as an Airborne Radio Operator at NAS Norfolk, Va. and completed his naval service at NATTC Memphis as an instructor.
He started his career in radio engineering at WFN, Jeffersonville, Ind., a ship to shore station. He then went into broadcasting engineering at WAVE-TV in Louisville, Ky. From there he worked at various stations, including WTCG-TV, Atlanta, Ga.; WTVZ-TV, New Bedford, Mass.; WLKY-TV Louisville, Ky.; WCAU-TV, Philadelphia and WCBS-TV, New York. He then worked at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., where he retired in 2003 after 20 years of service. He worked for in Hellertown for seven years as a deli clerk.
Bob was a Past Master of Clark Lodge #40 in Jeffersonville, Ind. He was also a member of Norfolk Lodge #1 in Norfolk, Va. He was a member of in Hellertown.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 27 years Eileen N. (Rogers), two daughters, Heather Harris of Indiana and Gwen Burr of Georgia; two stepdaughters, Charlene Brauer of Levittown and Sharon Carney of Quakertown; 10 grandchildren; one sister, June Patterson of New Jersey and two brothers, Eugene Grau of New Jersey and Theodore Grau of Yardley, Pa.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Call from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mountainview Moravian Church, 331 Constitution Ave., Hellertown, Pa. Arrangements are by the , 326 Main St., Hellertown. Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at www.heintzelmancares.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bob to the church (zip code 18055).
Obituary courtesy of:
Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc.