The Curry Coastal Pilot

R. Robert "Bob" Kass, of Brookings, passed away Jan. 27, 2012, in Crescent City. He was 86.

Bob was born March 28, 1925, in Chicago, to Joseph and Betty (Ross) Kass.

He grew up there until entering the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943.

Following an honorable discharge in 1945, Bob attended and graduated from New York University.

He married Geraldine Rothberg Oct. 19, 1947, and began working with his father importing costume jewelry. Bob excelled in the business, traveling to Japan 41 different times. Bob also invented the imitation cultured pearl.

He and Geraldine moved to Providence, R.I., in 1970, where Bob worked as a manufacture design representative until retiring in 1992.

He and Gerry then traveled all over the country in their RV until learning of Brookings, where they moved in 1998.

Bob loved living. He was a man of incredible integrity, even earning the nickname "Abe Lincoln" for his honesty. He enjoyed following the stock market and had worked as a stockbroker for a few years earlier in his life. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners and the Marine Corps League. He was extremely loyal and dedicated to his family. He will be missed deeply.

Survivors include Geraldine Kass, his wife of 64 years, of Brookings; daughters Stephanie Hollis-Kass of Corvallis, Leslie Fitzsimmons and her husband J. Randy of Cincinnati, Laura Kass-Moreno and her husband Ken of San Diego; grandchildren Michael and Geoffrey Zucker, Rachel and Carly Fitzsimmons, Alexandra, Madison and Jacob Moreno; great- grandchildren Matthew and Savannah Zucker; and his beloved dog Samson.

Bob was preceded in death by his brother Frederik Kass.

A memorial service was held at the Masonic Lodge in Brookings. Private inurnment will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.