Charles Grow, 85

Charles D. Grow, age 85, of North Platte, passed away Dec. 24, 2011, at the Kearney County Long Term Care Facility in Minden.He was born Feb. 20, 1926, the son of Frank and Emily (Steen) Grow in Loup City. He grew up in Loup City, and graduated from Loup City High School in 1944. He entered the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. After his discharge he went to Kearney State College. Chuck graduated in 1949, and taught school at Anselmo/Merna for a year.He married Mary Alyce Guynan in May 1950. Shortly after their marriage, Chuck was recalled back to the Navy in 1951. After his return, he farmed with the Guynan family.He returned to teaching in 1957 at Wallace, Sutherland, Hershey, Haigler, Republican City, Omaha, and finished in Stella, where he retired. He worked as a principal as well as teacher later in his career.Chuck started the Sutherland Individually Prescribed Inst-ruction program, the Sutherland reading program, and the wrestling program at Hershey. He was a member of the American Legion and founder of the Tri-County Youth Baseball (Keith, Perkins and Lincoln County) in Sutherland. Chuck also served on the Riverview Cemetery Board for many years.He enjoyed his garden and loved to be involved in his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.Survivors include his wife, Mary Alyce of North Platte; three children, David (Pam) Grow of Rolla, Mo., Carol (Paul) Befort of Truth or Consequences, N.M., and Paul (Linda) Grow of Minden; eight grandchildren, Alan Grow, Edward Grow, Lydia Grow, Rebecca Grow, Angelique Grow, Marissa Grow, Alexandra Grow; and Lea MacLoed; and many other family members and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mark Grow; a granddaughter, Emily Anne Grow; and two sisters, Doris Harrison and Lois Streeton. A memorial has been established to the Holy Spirit Catholic or to the North Platte Senior and online condolences can be made to Wake Service was Dec. 27, 2011, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church; Mass of the Christian Burial followed with the Rev. James Novakowski as celebrant. Burial followed at the Riverview Cemetery with Military Honors.Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 29, 2011