Waldon M. Groves

December 25, 1915January 26, 2013

Waldon Marcellous Groves, the son of Adolph and Mabel Groves was born December 25, 1915 in Forest City, IA. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church and graduated from Forest City High School in 1934 and from Waldorf College in 1938.

He acquired a job with Bankers Life Insurance Company of Des Moines, and then in 1940, he became sales manager for the Life Savers Corp. of Port Chester, NY, headquartered in Detroit, MI. Soon after, he was drafted into the Army for the Great War, WWII. After the war he became a salesman for the Cherry River Paper Co. out of North Carolina with his office in Whittier, CA. The company merged into the Kieckhefer Eddy Container Company and he was made sales manager for the Pacific Northwest with offices in Portland, OR. In 1957 the company merged into Weyerhaeuser Co. from which he retired in 1975 at the age of 60. He then went into farming; raising beef cattle, grain and harvesting timber.

Waldon was a lifetime member of the Sons of Norway, the Elks Club and also a member of the American Legion, the Navy League and the Grange.

Waldon is survived by one son, Matthew Groves of Vancouver, WA; two daughters, Anita Rhodes of Tacoma, WA and Heidi Blecha of Scottsdale, AZ and four grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR on January 31, 2013, 11:00am.

Arrangements under the care of Vancouver Funeral Chapel, Vancouver, WA.


  • Committal Service Thursday, January 31, 2013

Waldon M. Groves

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Gail Blodgette-Hoffer

February 9, 2013

The family and I send our sincere condolences to Waldon and his family.

Dot Amos (Chipman)

February 8, 2013

Sorry for your loss, Anita, Heidi and Matt. I have fond memories of your dad.

Dot Amos (Chipman)

David Cresap

February 4, 2013

Matt, Anita, and Heidi,

I read this obituary and it brought back memories of my time teaching at La Center in the 1980s. I'm sorry for the loss of your father. I still live in Battle Ground. Feel free to give me a call sometime (687-3196). I'd enjoy catching up.

Dave Cresap

DeAnna Groves/Parkison

January 31, 2013

To my cousins, Betty shared with me the passing of our Uncle Waldon and we were sorry to hear that. He was very much loved by his Iowa family. I am now living in Washington and will certainly pay my respects to Uncle Waldon at his final resting place.

DeAnna Groves/Parkison

January 31, 2013

To my cousins: Betty shared with me the passing of our Uncle Waldon, we were so sorry to hear that. He was very much loved by his family in Iowa. I am living in Washington now and will certainly pay my respects to Waldon at the Cemetery.

Baine Wilson

January 31, 2013

Anita and Matt,
So sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family