Robert Roy "Bob" Faust
1940 - 2021
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February 9, 1940 ˜ March 23, 2021

Robert (Bob) Roy Faust passed away on March 23, 2021 at his home in Vancouver, WA. His paternal grandfather delivered him at the old Eugene Hospital on Feb. 9, 1940.
Bob leaves behind a legacy of love, marked by wonderful friendships and strong family bonds.
Bob served in the Army for three years. He graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in education. His first teaching job was at Quincy Middle School. Then he moved on to LaCrosse High School. In 1976 he came to Vancouver and taught at Gaiser Middle School until his retirement in 1999. He loved sports, therefore, he coached at all of the schools where he worked (wrestling, football, basketball and track).
Bob touched many lives. He was very active in Project Healing Waters, working with disabled vets, teaching them fly tying and taking them on summer fishing trips. He was the secretary for the Salmon Creek Fly Fishing Club.
He was baptized in 1950 in Hermiston, OR. In Bob’s own words, “It was one of the highlights of my life. God is good.”
Another highlight for both Bob and Debbi was watching the grandkids play sports. “Bapa” was their biggest fan.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Eva Faust. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Debbi Faust; his daughters, Lisa Osborne and Amy Osborne; two sons, Rick Osborne and Mark Osborne; a sister, Betty Gradwohl; and brother, Bill Faust. Bob was “Bapa” to nine grandchildren and seven great grandkids.
He also is survived by four very special nephews, Mike Gradwohl, Jim Gradwohl, Jon Gradwohl and Mark Gradwohl
A celebration of life will be hosted by the family in the summer.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Salmon Creek Fly Fishers. Another great way to remember Bob is by making a donation to Project Healing Waters with a note that the donation is to be directed to “the Portland/Vancouver Program in Bob’s name”.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, INC
P.O. Box 695, LaPlata, MD, 20646
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 28, 2021.
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March 30, 2021
You were a good man coach! Rest easy!!
Jeff Stein
March 30, 2021
Bob and I taught and coached together fort seven years at Gaiser; He was a most positive and learned coach in football. We share fun memories I enjoyed working and coaching with him. Those years went too fast
Gary Moriarty
Gary L. Moriarty
March 29, 2021
Bob was a cornerstone of the Portland/Vancouver Project Healing Waters Program. As noted in the Obituary the program teaches the fundamentals of fly fishing to disabled veterans and military personnel as a form of recreational therapy. It is not uncommon for participants to state that the program has changed their lives.

Bob was a workhorse and a font of fly fishing expertise for the last 12 years. He was tireless, reliable and always congenial. His spirit added to the comradery that is essential to the success of programs like this.

As a volunteer with Bob in this program I have witnessed the lives that have been changed through his selfless hard work. Those lives are too numerous to count. I include my life in that group. Thanks so much, Bob.
Jerry Lorang
March 28, 2021
Bob cared about kids and always tried to do the right thing. He was a good role model.
Jim Brunaugh
March 28, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Bob and I had some great times at Gaiser....
Chuck Sester
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