Ronald Ray Grove – Commander, United States Navy

Ronald Ray Grove
1933 – 2005


Commander Ronald Ray Grove was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ray Grove and Dwight Eugene Grove of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Naval Postgraduate School, and the Naval War College.

Ronald retired from the U.S. Navy as a Commander in 1978. During his naval career he served two tours in Vietnam, one in-country and one as Commanding Officer of the USS Suribachi (AE 21). After retirement from the Navy, he worked at Temple University in Philadelphia prior to his retirement in Milton.

Commander Grove passed away Sunday, August 14, 2005, at Sacred Heart Hospital after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Ray Grove and Dwight Eugene Grove of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Anne Cooper Grove, of Milton, Florida, and his son, Stephen Ray Grove (Wanda), of Smithfield, Virginia. He has two grandchildren, Madeline Ray Grove (8) and Joshua Paul Grove (4). Ronald has three brothers, Paul Grove, of Crossville, Tennessee and William Grove and Gary Grove of Johnstown, Pennsyvalnia.

Funeral Services for Commander Grove will be at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

The family would especially like to thank the doctors, nurses and associates at Sacred Heart Hospital for their care, kindness and support. He was loved and cherished by his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Disabled American Veterans' Memorial Program P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250.

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