Roland Joseph Grishaber

March 7, 1927October 18, 2018

Roland Joseph Grishaber, 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The youngest of six children, he was born on March 7, 1927, in Appleton, Wisconsin to the late Dominic and Flora (Forster) Grishaber.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946 training at Great Lakes Naval Center and deployed to the Alameda Naval Center in California. Roland then attended Lawrence University in Appleton where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, followed by a Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Upon completing college, he married the love of his life, Barbara Schmidt. He then pursued a career within the paper industry, first working for Kimberly-Clark in Wisconsin, Canada and California. He finished out his career at Simpson Paper in Anderson retiring in 1989. Redding was his home for the past 54 years.

He was a life-long fan of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs, and an avid vegetable gardener. He also enjoyed camping, golf, hand ball, tennis, and photography, and treated everyone he met as if they were life-long friends.

He is survived by his children, Paul Grishaber (Penny), Evan Grishaber (Kathy), Martin Grishaber (Mary) and Ellen Bates (Joel), grandchildren David (Ashlee), Michael, Alyssa (Mario) and Aaron, and great-grandchild Calvin. He was preceded in death by Barbara, his wife of 57 years

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Lavender Hills as well as his friends and neighbors for their loving care. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, November 19, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at McDonald’s Chapel, located at 1275 Continental Street in Redding. His funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, followed by a reception at the church. He will be buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Redding. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to: Haven Humane Society, 7449 Eastside Rd, Anderson, CA 96007 or Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, 400 Washington Ave, Redding, CA 96001.


  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, November 19, 2018


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Joe Gazudnik

November 16, 2018

Roland was quite a guy. He could remember a particular golf hole he played 75 years ago to a tee. He could tell you how the Green Bay Packers lost the 1960 Championship Game down to the play. And, the Cubs, they lost so much it was amazing he could remember which way they blew since the last World Series win in 1918 (or so). He loved his measurements, whether it was in the mill or weather temperatures at home. He worked his tail end off until the end providing for the family. He loved his animals, mostly cats over the years. He took the family on numerous cross-country camping trips which gave everyone an appreciation of our great land. He loved a good cocktail, not mention a cold beer. He also managed to come up with some good bad jokes from time to time. The hallowed halls of the family home in Redding will not be same without him; we will all be able to hear a pin drop. And so, here's to a special person who I had the privilege to know and love over many many years. Joe Gazudnik

Don and Mary Wilkins

November 15, 2018

We are very sorry for the loss of Rolly. He was a nice man and such a joy to talk to--he always had interesting stories to share about the family, his cats, and his beloved Packers and Cubs. Over the past few years, we exchanged letters often and we always enjoyed reading his. He will be missed and we are thinking of you.

Don and Mary Wilkins