Randy Dean Grover, 61, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Atlantic, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at his home in Oskaloosa.
He was born July 6, 1950, at Atlantic, the son of Clifford Truman and Agnes Louise Nichols Grover. He graduated from Atlantic High School with the class of 1969. Following high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he served with the Army National Guard until 1983. Early on, he worked at American Builders in Atlantic and later at Cass County Memorial Hospital for 10 years. He then went to work for Firestone in Des Moines until his retirement after 30 years of employment in 2007. After his retirement, he moved to an acreage outside of Lacona until moving to Oskaloosa in September of 2011 to be closer to his family. He loved fishing, camping, riding motorcycles, working on cars, painting, gardening and anything that has to do with being outdoors. He was a member of the 2nd Chance Motorcycle Club, he loved being a sponsor for alcoholics anonymous and was an inspiration for many over the years. He recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his sobriety.
His family includes his two sons: Donnie Grover, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Cliff Grover, of Des Moines; a daughter: Tina Van Engelenhoven, of Oskaloosa; 4 grandchildren: Victoria and Richard Grover, Tyler Montalvo and Kimber Van Engelenhoven; a brother: Dan Grover, of Atlantic; a sister: Brenda Euken, of Wiota, and his ex wife and mother of his children: Karen Casey.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother: Steve Grover.