January 12, 1925 — October 2, 2017

Robert “Bob” E. Groves, 92, died Monday, October 2, 2017.

He was born on January 12, 1925 in Sacramento, California to Samuel and Frances (Picolett) Groves.

Bob attended Grants Pass High School and Oregon State, graduating from there in 1950 with a degree in animal husbandry.

On June 21, 1947, he married Pearl Belle Gamble in Grants Pass.

On May 26, 1968, he married Luella Pearl Robertson in Reno.

Bob worked in Tillamook as a milk tester for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, at OK Rubber Welder and Gas Station in Independence, at Prudential Insurance in Albany and as a realtor and contractor for Salem Properties Inc.

He is survived by Luella Groves, his wife of 49 years; ex-wife Pearl Groves; children Edward Groves, Carol Petty, Kathwren (John) Hayes; and step-children Edward (Sandy) Robertson and Patricia Robertson.

He was preceded in death by son Tyko Groves; step-son Dennis Robertson; brothers Julius and Vernon Groves; and sisters Dorthy Humbert and Gloria Gray.

A viewing from 1 to 5 p.m. on October 12, 2017, with a funeral at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 13 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Home, 605 Commercial St. SE, Salem.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. Jude’s or Shriner’s Hospital for Kids.

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