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August 23, 1935 to October 5, 2020- Robert (Bob) Chess passed away peacefully on October 5, at his residence in Gresham.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Robert ChessRobert (Bob) Chess passed away peacefully on October 5 at his residence in Gresham. He was born in Yakima, WA on August 23, 1935 to Alpha N. Chess, and graduated from Greenleaf Friends Academy (ID) in 1953. He attended George Fox College, where he met Verdella Ann Greene. They married in 1958 at the Gresham Church of the Nazarene and settled in the Damascus area, moving

to Sandy in 2001. He relocated to Gresham after Verdella's passing in 2011.

Bob enjoyed sports throughout his life, emerging

as a three-sport star at Greenleaf Friends Academy.

He shared this passion with his family, with a big

highlight being in attendance at the 1977 NBA

Finals Game 6 when the Portland TrailBlazers won

their only championship! He worked at Boeing

(Seattle) and Crown Zellerbach (Oregon City) before

learning the refrigeration trade, retiring in

1991 as chief engineer at Northwestern Ice & Cold

Storage.

He showed extreme courage in battling health

issues for many years, without losing his faith or

great sense of humor - providing a "Hall of Fame"

example on how to live life. Survivors include

his son, Jon Chess of Gresham; daughter, Janelle

Chess of Rockaway Beach; two grandchildren; and

four great-grandchildren.

He was interred October 20 at Forest Lawn

Cemetery with a private burial service. A virtual

memorial service will be held at a later date, and

contributions can be made to Bristol Hospice in

Clackamas.

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