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Charles J. Grow

March 31, 1938 ~ May 6, 2022 (age 84)

Obituary

Charles J. “Chick” Grow, 84, of Dillsburg, Pa., died on Friday, May 6, 2022, after a courageous 10-year struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., and a graduate of Lower Merion High School, he began his career working as a draftsman. Later, he took evening classes in mechanical and electrical engineering at Temple and Penn State. Unable to join the military due to a bleeding disorder, he eventually found another way to serve during the Vietnam War, working long hours as chief draftsman at Boeing Vertol, designing facilities for building, repairing, and up-arming the essential Boeing helicopters. He later worked in electrical and mechanical engineering, ultimately retiring as chief project manager and vice president of Rogers Mechanical Co. in Lansdale. His projects included nuclear power plants, schools, prisons, high-rise apartments, hospitals, malls, and the State Museum in Harrisburg.

He loved golf, taught to him at age seven by his father, and was a member of several leagues. He planned many golf trips and was the cook during those happy weeks. He had four holes in one and a beautiful swing. He liked all sports, played several, and was a fan of the Eagles, Phillies, and Penn State football. He also enjoyed travel, bird-watching, photography, his custom HO model train layout, attending his grandchildren’s events, and serving on the Carroll Township Zoning Hearing Board.

Predeceased by parents Samuel J. and Caroline S. (Sheller) Grow, and brother Paul F. Grow, he is survived by his sister, Carol G. Bailey of Greer, S.C.; his wife of 63 years, A. Louise Grow; children David P. Grow (wife Amanda) of Winter Springs, Fl., and Karen G. Stoner (husband Rick) of Dillsburg; and grandchildren Brittany, Nathaniel, Kenneth Charles, Lisa, Paula, step-grandson Ryne Galvan, and several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

The “long goodbye” has ended for the family he so dearly loved. He will be deeply missed. His final months were spent in the devoted care of Rosasteam, Mechanicsburg. Burial will be in Dillsburg Cemetery, Golf Course Road—the perfect final address for this avid golfer. Services will be private. Arrangements by Cocklin Funeral Home, Dillsburg. In lieu of flowers, please consider Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110, for whom his family is forever grateful.

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