Russell S. Grove
Published in The Sacramento Bee on February 17, 2013
Russell S. Grove, age
85, passed away in Placerville, California on February 6th, 2013, of congestive
heart failure. He was surrounded by the loving presence of his family
and very close friends.
Russ was born
in Sacramento, CA on June 24th, 1927 in the bedroom of his parents' home
on Solano Avenue (now 55th Street). He attended Fruitridge Grammar School,
Stanford Junior High, and graduated from Sacramento High School in 1945.
He was the
youngest of three children. While he was young, he learned to play the
accordion, and eventually joined the 'Marchi Accordian Band' which performed
on the Delta King on the Sacramento River. Russ' musical talent also included
a lifelong love of playing the piano. He loved to entertain for social
gatherings especially at Cold Springs Golf Club.
While attending Sacramento Junior College, Russ was drafted into the Army
and was sent to Korea towards the end of the Korean conflict serving from
February 1946 to January 1947.
He also had a short career in professional baseball. After honing his
game at both Sacramento High School and for the local American Legion
club, he was drafted by the Sacramento Solons Rookies, and played in the
Sunset League in Anaheim, CA. He then signed with the St. Louis Cardinals
organization, and played for their Class A affiliates in Fresno, CA in
1949-1950, in the California League (now called the Pacific Coast League).
He then signed with the Cleveland Indians organization, and played out
his career in Bakersfield, CA (California League), retiring from baseball
working with the California Oxygen Company in Sacramento. Eventually making
the business his livelihood, he moved to Placerville, CA, bought out his
partner and formed Oxygen Service & Supply in 1961. Russ and his wife
Nancy started their family in 1960 with the birth of their son, Joe, followed
by daughter Lisa two years later.
After his divorce from Nancy in 1980, he eventually married the love of
his life Helen in October of 1982. Russ and Helen settled in Camino, CA,
and expanded the business further, including the formation of two new
companies (Pacific Cylinders & Grove Industries). Pacific Cylinders
was sold in 1999. Russ had a passion for golf. He was Club President at
Cold Springs Golf Club for 11 years and was a 5-time Club Champion. He
organized an annual event for members of the club to travel to Graeagle,
CA for 3 days of golfing and fun, the event went on flawlessly for 25
Baseball was another passion of Russ'. He was an avid fan of the San Francisco
Giants. He and Helen would travel each year to Arizona to watch the Giants
play during Spring Training. Russ most enjoyed time with the kids, grandkids,
Russ is predeceased
by his parents, Edwin and Lulu Grove, sisters Dorothy Wakefield and Helen
Rolly, his brothers-in-law John Wakefield and William Rolly.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Helen, his four children, Dan (Victoria)
Partain, John Partain, Joseph (Kimberly) Grove, Lisa Adamski, his seven
grandchildren, Amanda Partain, Sarah Grove, Adam Partain, Lauren (Eric)
Yoder, Kevin Grove, Hayden Comer, and Michael Comer. He is also survived
by his three great-grandchildren Jayden, Aleigha, and Micah.
In lieu of
flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Green Valley Community
Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA 95667. A Celebration
of Russ' life will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Green
Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA 95667.