Robert George Guss
November 19, 1926 – February 24, 2021
Robert George Guss (Bob) passed away peacefully on February 24th 2021 at Torrance Memorial Hospital from complications of pneumonia. He was 94 years of age. The youngest of ten children born November 19, 1926 in Irwin, IA to Burton Logan Guss and Rosa Rumina Paulk. He grew up on the family farm working hard and enjoying the small town rural life. When he was just 17 he lied about his age and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Bob served during World War II and was deployed to the pacific theatre in 1945–46. After his service he moved to Los Angeles following in the footsteps of his older brothers, Howard and Bud as they all looked for work. Bob found employment in the booming aerospace industry and had a decades long career with North American Aviation and AiResearch (Now Honeywell Aerospace). He married Mary Jane Harmon, moved to Torrance in 1961 and raised a family with two lovely daughters, Cheryl and Pamela. His free time was spent at the local race tracks, his wife Mary raced cars and Bob was her lead mechanic. Racing was a true passion and joy of his life. The whole family got involved and they raced all over southern, CA at places like Ascot Park in Gardena, Corona Raceway and Whiteman Stadium in Pacoima. Tragically his wife passed away of cancer at a young age, and with a heavy heart Bob stoically moved on and led his family through the devastating loss.
Later in life after retirement Bob met his next great love Lorraine Kay Stillwell. They met while square dancing, she was his dance partner. They really hit it off and very quickly she became his partner for life, they married in July of 1989. They lived a happy life together in Manhattan Beach. Bob really enjoyed traveling with his wife and family. They made several trips to Europe, and booked passage on many a cruise ship visiting Alaska, Hawaii, the St. Lawrence Sea Way, the British Isles, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean Islands and Mediterranean Sea. He went all over the world and had so much fun. As the years went by Bob seemed to catch his stride. He remained fit and active into his 90's. He and his wife were members of the local square dancing clubs the Trail Blazers and Honeycombers. He also liked going to Angels and Dodgers games and especially enjoyed seeing the Kings play hockey. He kept busy taking up metal detecting as a hobby and obsessively working on jigsaw puzzles.
Bob was a loving husband and father, a sweet caring man that brought great joy to those around him. He carried himself with grace. He was kind and generous and always did the right thing. He had an upbeat adventurous attitude. He was fun and mischievous at times with a wonderful sense of humor. Bob really enjoyed spending time with family. He regularly traveled back to his hometown in Iowa and throughout his life he kept close ties with his entire extended family.
For those closest to Bob his passing is a tremendous and deeply heartfelt loss. He is survived by his wife of 31 years Lorraine Guss and two daughters Cheryl Guss and Pamela (Tom) Rose, his sister in law Shirley Guss, his extended family and many dear friends. He is predeceased by his first wife Mary Guss and was the last of his siblings to pass on, predeceased by Evie, Dolly, Sadie, Lawrence, Leslie, Mae, Bud, Deane and Howard.
We are eternally grateful for all that he brought to this life and the times we shared together. Bob will be laid to rest at Green Hills Cemetery in Palos Verdes, CA where services will be private.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Mar. 18, 2021.