Gordon Joseph Grow, a native of Pharr and a resident of Morgan City, passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City.
He was the fourth of six children of Eugene and Levie Grow. He was married to Ima Hooper in Klamath Falls, Ore., on July 7, 1945. Gordon served with the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Tank Battalion in World War II and saw action in Tarawa Atoll, Saipan and Tinian. He contracted malaria during his service and was sent to the Marine barracks in Klamath Falls, Ore., to recover. It was there that he met and married the love of his life, Ima.
He worked for Consolidated Freightways for 39 years and retired to a life of helping others, and hunting and fishing. In 2003, he moved to Woodburn, Ore., to be closer to his children. With the death of his wife, he moved to Morgan City to be closer to his brother and sisters. He lived his last two years with his sister Vada Belle Breaux and enjoyed the comfort and friendship of all of his friends and relatives. The family is extremely and forever indebted to all that gave care and comfort in his last years. He will be sorely missed.
Gordon is survived by his daughter, Janet Stephens of Olympia, Wash.; two sons, Richard of Wilsonville, Ore., and Steve of Portland, Ore; two sisters, Vada Belle Breaux of Morgan City, and Golden Mickler of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; one brother, Ira Grow of Morgan City; seven grandchildren, Jeff Grow of San Diego, Brooke Lindgren of Portland Ore., Tia Schumacher of Littleton, Colo., Wendie Klingman of Sultan, Wash., Derek Grow of Portland, Ore., Troy Stephens of Olympia, Wash., and Brent Stephens of Vancouver, Wash. He also is survived by numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Not to be forgotten is his special cat, Sammy.
Gordon was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ima Hooper Grow; his parents, Eugene and Levie Grow; and two brothers, Wilbur and Edison Grow.
Visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Twin City Funeral Home in Morgan City beginning at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., with a service at 5 p.m. Military honors were provided by the East St. Mary Veterans Funeral Squad.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to MEOW Village Cat Rescue, 8090 Fairway Village, Wilsonville, OR 97070.