July 14, 2022
Michael R. Grasseth (Mike) passed away peacefully at his home on June 12, 2022 at the age of 69. Mike was born to LeRoy and Mary P. (Tootie) Grasseth on February 17, 1953 in Longview, WA. Mike graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 1971.
Mike married Marnee in 1977. Mike was a devoted dad to Theresa and Serena. He taught his girls to waterski, run a boat, back in a boat trailer, ride a motorcycle and shoot targets at a very young age. Mike and Marnee later divorced.
Mike spent many years working as a traveling heavy duty field mechanic that worked on anything from a riding lawn mower to heavy cranes or excavators. He started his career as a mechanic at Crown Zellerbach and worked for Eldridge Construction in Grand Coulee, WA and Rockford Corporation. His knowledge and mechanical ability to fix or repair anything was phenomenal. He built his home in the Elochoman Valley where he lived until his death.
Mike was always available for anyone when they needed help of any kind. He built airboats, remote control cars, boats and airplanes for hobbies he enjoyed. His collection of extraordinary things was very unique.
Mike is preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Grasseth and companion Joan Evenson.
Mike is survived by his mom, Tootie Grasseth, two brothers, Don (Gigi) Grasseth of Oak Point, Calvin (Cindy) Grasseth of Cathlamet, his two daughters, Theresa (Jamie) Jacobsen of Cathlamet, Serena (Joe) Brooks of Columbia City and his grandchildren, Cortney (Nathaniel) Rhode of Vancouver, Luke (Candice) Thomason of Cathlamet, Nick Brooks and Andie Brooks of Columbia City, and his lifelong best friend Dave (Aletha) Mueller of Kelso. Buddy, Mike's dog and side- kick has moved in with Serena and family.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday August 7th at the Elochoman Slough Marina from 1-4 pm. Private inurnment will take place at the Oak Point Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made in Mike Grasseth's name to Wahkiakum Port District #1, 500 2nd Street, Cathlamet, WA 98612
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