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Robert "Bob" E. Groves

January 12, 1925 - October 2, 2017


Robert (Bob) Eugene Groves, born on January 12, 1925 to Frances (Picolett) and Samuel Groves in Sacramento, CA.  
 
Bob lost his father at age 16 and was drafted immediately in WWII after graduating from Grants Pass High School. He served as a Private under General George S. Patton. He received a Purple Heart after a bullet went through his helmet and grazed the top of his head in France. 
 
Bob worked for an Albany Feed & Seed company and with George Olsen building houses in Albany to earn money for college. He was the first class to graduate in Gill Coliseum at Oregon State College in 1950 with a degree in Animal Husbandry.
Bob worked for Dairy Herd Improvement Association of Tillamook County as a Milk Tester.  After that, he purchased a gas station and OK Rubber Welder in Independence, OR. Later he sold life insurance for Prudential Insurance.  Finally, Bob and Wayne Olsen worked as Contractors and Realtors building the Empire of Salem Properties Inc.
 
He married Pearl Belle Groves on June 21,1947.
 
Bob eloped with Luella Pearl Robertson of Turner, OR on May 26, 1968 in Reno, NV.  Years later they renewed their vows on a paddle boat and while in Ireland they once again renewed their vows. They say “third times a charm” and Bob could at last receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, again.
 
Bob is survived by: Sons - Edward Groves (Albany) Edward Robertson (Turner), Daughters - Carol Petty (Full time RV) Kathwren Hayes (Albany)  Patricia  Robertson (Albany).
 
Preceded in death:  Sons: Tyko Groves, Dennis Robertson. Brothers: Julius Groves, Vernon Groves, Sisters: Dorothy Humbert, Gloria Gray.
 
If you invited Bob, he’d come.
If you needed an extra hand, he’d help.
If you dropped by for a visit, he’d stop what he was doing and often take you to lunch.
Bob had a heart for all his Grandchildren (28) and Great grandchildren (8.)
 
Bob enjoyed his vacation home at Gleneden Beach. He’d say it was like entering another world. He was an Elk for 50 years and life-time member of Knights of Columbus. He was a devoted Catholic and always carried his Mother’s rosary in his pocket.
 
Funeral Service at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem, Oregon at 1pm on Friday, October 13, 2017 with Graveside service to follow at City View. Viewing on Thursday, October 12th 1 – 5pm.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. Jude https://www.stjude.org/ or Shriners Hospital for Kids https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/  .

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This kiss is not a good-bye but something to remember when we meet again in Heaven.  I'm relieved to know you are no longer in pain.  You will be missed but not forgotten.
Your Loving Daughter



I thank Robert for stepping forward to be my Godfather way back in 1948. I am forever thankful for the many wonderful memories he and his family created with me whenever I visited as a child. I'm now 69, and I still cherish his many kindnesses. 

I vividly remember Robert starting every meal saying a prayer of Grace and his deep devotion. 



Uncle Robert you will be missed you and Vernon my dad can once again together.