Richard Grow

December 1, 1958November 9, 2018

On November 9th, 2018, Richard Grow passed away at his home in Goble, Oregon. Richard fought cancer for nearly two long difficult years with his loving wife by his side every step of the way.

Richard was born on December 1st, 1958 to Robert and Dorothea Grow in Wolf Point, Montana.

Richard was an outstanding son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and uncle. Richard embodied the meaning of the title of “Family Man” and will be deeply missed by the following family members who survive him:

Richard’s wife of 33 years, Genell Grow; Daughter Sophie Grow and son-in-law Kris Schuff; Emily Jessen and son-in-law Josiah Jessen; Jesse Grow. Grandchildren Grace Schuff, Lorelei Schuff, Rowan McMann, and Noah Jessen. Richard was anticipating the arrival of his fifth grandchild in January 2019. He was affectionately named Papo by the children.

He is survived as well by his Mother, Dorothea. Born the youngest of five children, Richard is also survived by his Brother Bob Grow, Sisters Karilyn Volk, Patty Kroger, Janet Grow Kemp Zormeir and many nieces and nephews. Richard is preceded in death by his Father, Robert Grow, who has been waiting to greet him in Heaven since July 2007.

Richard was an avid lover of the Great outdoors and enjoyed hunting deer and elk, as well as fishing along the Columbia River. He enjoyed spending time with his dogs Raleigh and Flea, as well as his horse, Spirit.

Richard was a skilled excavator and backhoe operator who proudly served the Willamette Valley for over thirty years. He worked for Strauss Excavating out of Hillsboro, Oregon and was highly regarded and considered one of the finest in his trade. He remained in his trade throughout much of his treatment. He deeply missed his work and did his best to remain as involved for as long as possible.

It is said by many that they never met a kinder soul than Richard Grow. He was a friend to any who crossed his path, never knew a stranger, and he’d give you the shirt off his back if he thought you could use it. For those looking to make a contribution towards Richard’s Celebration of Life expenses, bring a meal to Genell or help Genell in other ways in the wake of her loss of Richard, the following options are available: please visit to sign up for the meal train or make a donation.

Richard’s Celebration of Life is being held on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, from 1pm to 5pm at Skyline Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, Oregon (503) 292-6611.

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  • Open House Celebration of LIfe Service Sunday, December 2, 2018

Richard Grow

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Laurie Suppes

December 3, 2018

Richard was a great friend growing up. He was always one to brighten a persons day. My prayers are with you all. "Though gone from our sight, Loved Ones are never gone from our Heart."

Laurel Greenwood

December 2, 2018

Genell, Dot, Janet & family,
My heart breaks for all of you, and I’m so very sorry for your loss. Richard was a bright and intense and an amazingly funny and kind light that shined on anyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

David Rasmussen

December 1, 2018

Genell and family,

Richard was a dear friend in our early years. I didn't put growing up as Richard was a "card." Not sure "growing up" was in his vocabulary.

My best memory was him cleaning my mom's house after a party us high schollers had their. He was a proud and confident maid that day. The house looked brand new. He always smiled and had a huge heart of gold. My condolences and deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, dad and friend. R.I.P. Doc!

Ryan Branin

November 28, 2018

Dear Genell, Sophie, and family,

We offer our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one.

Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Yours in support,

Ryan H Branin and the staff of Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.