Ronald Dale Grisby

November 2, 1947December 30, 2020

Ronald was born on November 2, 1947 in Atwater, California to Leon Burley and Ella Lee Grisby. He is the second eldest of 8 children. He did all his schooling in Atwater and graduated from Atwater High in 1965. He was drafted to the Vietnam War and served 2 years in the Army. He earned the rank of sergeant and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was an engineer at Pacific Bell and retired after 30 years. Then he continued his education at the University of San Francisco where he earned a Bachelor’s degree. Then started his second career as a financial advisor. He was also a substitute teacher for the Merced school district in recent years.

Ron (Dale) loved going to the gym 7-days a week where he exercised, laughed, and talked with his friends. He was also an avid golfer. You could find him on the golf course with his golf buddies several days a week. He was very friendly and outgoing- no one was a stranger to him. He loved sports! His favorite football team was the San Francisco 49ers and his favorite baseball team was the San Francisco Giants.

Ron was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He was married to his honey bunny, Gloria, for 53 years. To this union came son Ronald Jr. (Terry), son Michael, and daughter Dana.

He is preceded in death by his father Leon, his mother Ella, two brothers Walter and Richard, and one sister Vickie. He is survived by his wife Gloria; two sons Ronald Jr. and Michael; daughter Dana; and son Troy; three grandchildren Michael Jr., Andre, Amanda; and one great granddaughter Mila. He also leaves behind his brother Eric (Diane) Grisby, sister Melanie (Steve) Ditzenberger, sister Annette Spencer, sister Anita Grisby, sister-in-law Sylvia Grisby, brother-in-law Mike Rolland, sister-in-law Donna Grisby, and 14 nieces and nephews. We love him dearly and he will be truly missed.

A visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 19th from 2:00pm – 7:00pm and service on Wednesday, January 20th at 1:00pm at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B Street, Merced, CA 95340. The interment will be on Thursday, January 21st at 11:00am at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at 32053 McCabe Road, Santa Nella, CA 95322.


  • Gloria Grisby, Wife

  • Robert Pierce
  • Lonze Gilliam
  • Steve Smith
  • Geoff Washington
  • Thurman Dinkins
  • Eddie Frazier
  • Willie Bass, Honorary
  • Gerry Porter, Honorary
  • Leon Cooksey, Honorary
  • Orville Wiggins, Honorary
  • Jermaine Paster, Honorary
  • Walt Champion, Honorary


21 January


11:00 am

San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery

Santa Nella, California


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Ronald Dale Grisby

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jenni freitas

January 21, 2021

Ron was a rare soul. Very seldom have I met such a gruff yet kind, truthful yet tactful, straight up loving man. I saw Ron everyday at the gym. I haven't been called "young lady" in 40 years nor have I been since. Ron made time for listening always. When I suffered a deep loss Ron never asked questions. He advised with truth and love. Seldom are the two combined. Ron shared his experiences. He read to my classroom of 3 year old's many times to commemorate The Veteran's Day Observance. I remember when he traveled to meet with his patriot service buddies. (tears) Gloria was the love of his life. He credited her often for the long life he was living. Very few women serve people and loved their husbands like she did. I do not know Gloria. only what Ron raved about her... I am so blessed and proud to have known such a great man. I love you Ron.

Alan Claunch

January 17, 2021

"Come on keep working" "Make it happen" "Don't give up" "Good job, good job"
I remember as a player Coach Grizz would often bellow encouraging phrases from behind the dugout fence that somehow had the power to motivate players on both little league teams to give it their best.
Ron was a person who made the world a better place and I appreciate what I learned from him. The body may not remain but the memories and accomplishments are forever. Good job, good job.

Julia (Plummer) Corbin

January 13, 2021

Ron was a great boss when I worked at Pacific Bell in the 80’s. He was always a source of encouragement and provided support to his employees that resulted in best outcomes. He was kind, compassionate and funny. A friend to All while remaining professional.
My thoughts and prayers are with Gloria and her family during this difficult time.

Roy Primm

January 10, 2021

I'll always remember cousin Dale's bold attitude and love for all people. The Grisby's and Primm's have an incredible history going back almost 80 + years. Cousin Dale will be greatly missed. The encouraging part is God will always give me fond, everlasting memories of his boisterous laugh and genuine interest in people,. Love You Always cousin Dale. My prayers of strength, encouragement, and peace to the family, - Amen!

Mary and Kevin Andrews

January 9, 2021

Please know that Mr Grisby brought happiness to so many people. He greeted all of his gym family with a smile and genuine concern for their well-being everyday. He has touched many, many lives and his legacy of kindness and caring will live on through them.

He spoke frequently of his adoration for Gloria and his pride in their children. His love for all of you was easy to see as he spoke by the twinkle in his eye and the huge smile on his face.

You are in our thoughts and prayers,

Kevin and Mary Andrews

Jim Teixeira

January 6, 2021

I am saddened with Dale's passing. The Teixeira family has know the Grisby family since we were children, we attended school together.

God's prayers and blessings on this fine young man who always made a contribution to improve those he was with.

Don Manes

January 6, 2021

I was shocked to hear of Ron's passing. I spent many a wonderful day on the golf course with Ron. Love to kid with him about Air Force vs Army. We were both in Vietnam and so shared experiences. I helped Ron set up a new computer a few years ago.
We will miss him.


David Bettis

January 5, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family. Dale was a great person. God Bless .

Dee Tatum

January 4, 2021


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ron-Stan Young - and Claude Ellision enjoyed many a morning trying to play golf and getting away from the pressures of the world. I will really miss him