- Ike was born on October 26, 1926 in Canute, OK, to
Lawrence and Ida (Edler) Grossman.
He passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January
27, 2020, surrounded by family.
was able to endure and survive many tough times throughout
his life, beginning with losing his mother when he was only
4 years old. Two
years later he lost his sister and one of his brothers to
he also caught the disease, he was already tough and was
determined to survive.
Ike grew up in
Oklahoma during the Depression and the Dust Bowl.
It is thought that his lifelong struggle with asthma,
which sometimes resulted in pneumonia, was brought on from
He drove to Oregon
in 1946 with his cousin, and was so sick with pneumonia by
the time he arrived, doctors told him there was nothing they
could do for him and to just go home.
Again, he was determined to live.
He suffered with pneumonia many times thereafter,
especially in his later years, and survived injuries and
illnesses with determination and grace.
Ike married Lavone
Benedict at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on
November 18, 1950, and together they raised 5 children.
Ike worked for
Frank Lumber Company for 35 years after various other
employments, and retired as their head boiler tender and dry
kiln operator. He
served on the Stayton Telephone Board of Directors in the
1970’s, 80’s and 90’s., and was a member of Immaculate
His interests included woodworking and finish
carpentry, gardening, repairing things (jack of all trades),
hunting, fishing. He
built his own home, as well as his first home after
marriage, and assisted his brother while building his home,
and numerous builds and updates to his children’s homes. He
volunteered for various projects at his church and for St.
Mary’s and Regis High Schools, and Salem Right to Life
While Ike was a
busy man, his main priorities were always his Catholic Faith
and his Family. He
lived his faith in his everyday life and modeled his values
for his family. He
was selfless, loving, grateful, and never hesitated to share
his love and affection with his children and grandchildren.
Ike is survived by
his wife of 69 years, Lavone, and daughters Sandy (Terry,
deceased) Birkholz, Ronelle (Steve) Lulay, and Janna (Ken)
Adams, all of Stayton, and Leanne (Terry) Padrta of
Independence, and son Kerry Grossman of Stayton, and 16
grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren with another on the
way, and nephew Jim Grossman.
He is predeceased
by his Parents, sister and brother, Salome and Cornelius,
who died as children, and brother Wilbur “Jim” who died
4 years ago, Grandsons Steven Lulay and Shayne Padrta,
Son-in-Law Terry Birkholz, and Great-Granddaughters Madilynn
and Gracelynn Foltz.
As we have lost a
great man, Heaven has gained a great saint.
viewing will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church beginning at 9:30AM on Monday, February 3rd.
Rosary will be prayed at 10:00, with Mass of
Christian Burial following at 10:30, both at the church.
Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery,
In lieu of
flowers, contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception
Church, Oregon Right To Life, or St. Jude’s Children’s
Hospital. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral