Wayne A. Grose of Harrisville will celebrate his 90th birthday on Oct. 14. An open house will be held in his honor from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Colonial Springs Ward meetinghouse, 2360 N. 600 West, Harrisville.
Born Oct. 14, 1922, in Riverdale to James A. and Blanche Patterson Grose, he grew up in Ogden. He graduated from Ogden High School and Weber State College. He married Mary Etta White on Sept. 17, 1942, in Ogden. Their vows were later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. She died in 2003, and he has continued to live in Ogden and Harrisville.
He joined the Army during Word War II, serving in the European Theater. He returned to find work at Hill Air Force Base, then taught math at Ben Lomond High School. Following retirement, he and his “Little Mary Ann” served LDS missions to Concepción, Chile; and in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spanish-speaking Mission.
Hobbies have kept him busy as a beekeeper, woodworker, gardener, orchardist and family historian. He also served for 20 years as an ordinance worker in the Ogden Temple.
Their seven children and spouses are Kathleen and Jack Arrington, Elaine and Russell Seaman, Dale and Becky Grose, Dena Grose, Dave and Julie Grose, Scott and Amber Grose, and Alan Grose (deceased) and Alan’s former wife Sandy and husband Phil Brueck. He has 27 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. He and Mary were also “parents” to many who took up residence at the Groses’ and are counted as “acorns” on the family tree.