AMerican Veteran 11

Roger Alan Grover

May 24, 1933 ~ October 10, 2021 (age 88)


Roger Alan Grover passed away peacefully at home on October 10. He was born May 24, 1933 in Waterville, Minnesota to Silas and Ruby Prehn Grover. He was 1 of 11 children. Roger grew up in Waterville and graduated from Waterville High School in 1952. 

While in high school, he worked at Tetonka Dairy and continued after graduation where he was a delivery driver on a milk route. He then went to work for E.F. Johnson Radio Company in Waseca, Minnesota. In May of 1954, he was inducted into the United States Army and was stationed in Japan as a Supply Officer where he became fluent in the Japanese language. He was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs when he was Honorably Discharged.

Roger met his wife of 61 years, Theresa Hammer, when he was stationed at Fort Carson. They were married on November 14, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colorado Springs. The couple continued to live there and had 5 children. 

In July of 1967, they moved to Buena Vista where Roger worked as a delivery driver for Wonder Bread. He bought a distributorship for Wonder Bread and Hostess Cakes in 1972. Roger sold his distributorship and retired in 1991.

Throughout Roger’s younger life, he enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and trapshooting where he was a member and officer of the Buena Vista Sportsmen’s Club. He also enjoyed taking his family on Sunday picnics after church where he was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. After retirement, Roger enjoyed golfing and he continued his passion for woodworking as he was a very skilled craftsman. 

Roger was preceded in death by his daughter, Patty Perez in 2016, his grandson, Kenny Grover in 2020, his parents, 7 brothers and 1 sister. He is survived by his wife Theresa Grover and his children, Cindy (Dave) Conrad of Cottage Grove, OR, Art (Bonnie) Grover of Buena Vista, Cathy (Steve) Nelson of Buena Vista, Max Grover of Buena Vista, and Son-in-Law Rudy Perez of Buena Vista. He also has 10 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephew. Along with two siblings, Curt (Mary) Grover of Minnesota and Ruth Beer of Minnesota.

Donations may be made in his name to Arkansas Valley Christian Mission.

A Recitation of The Holy Rosary will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Buena Vista. A Memorial Mass will be offered on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM in St. Rose of Lima Catholic in Buena Vista. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Buena Vista.

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Memorial Mass
October 16, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Rose of Lima Catholic (Buena Vista)

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