Community theater fixture Robert Gras, 69, of Lansing, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Sparrow Hospital following a six-week battle with leukemia.

Gras taught drama and English at Eaton Rapids Public Schools before retirement. He was an active contributor to Lansing’s Riverwalk Theatre, where, among other things, he directed, acted and built sets for many years. In June, Gras took home the City Pulse Pulsar award for Best Actor for his role in the Riverwalk Black Box show “The Substance of Fire,” a role for which he was also awarded a Lansing State Journal Thespie Award. Gras also took home the Pulsar Award for Best Director — Play (Community) for Riverwalk’s “Under Milk Wood.”
Gras is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Rob Gras and Cassandra Gras; and two grandchildren.

No services are scheduled. Arrangements are by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Gras’ name to Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI 48933.
A celebration of Gras’ life is to be held at the theater in the near future.

For more on Gras, pick up the Aug. 26 issue of City Pulse.

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