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Robert Vincent Grove, 77, of Grand Rapids, MI passed away peacefully on May 6th, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.

Robert (Bob) was born in Dixon, Illinois to Edward V. and Pansy (Stonecipher) Grove. As a teen, he loved playing basketball and even played on his high school basketball team. After high school, he continued playing in local leagues. As a young man, Bob moved to Madison, Wisconsin for work. This is where he called home for 30+ years. It was in Madison where he became a loyal fan of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Bob worked for the State of Wisconsin until his retirement in 2002. He then moved to Michigan to be with his children. Over the next 20 years, Bob enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. During football season, his favorite teams to watch were the Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys. He’d also never miss a Badger basketball game either.

Bob is survived by his son, Daniel (Melissa) Grove of Michigan, daughter, Riki (Jon) Grove of Alabama, brothers Tim Grove of Dixon, IL, David (Karen) Grove of Dixon, IL, Dennis (Florence) Grove of Cullman, AL, and five grandchildren, Olivia, Sean, Ayden, Hayden, and Bryden. Bob is further survived by his two dearest friends, Julie Smith and Jerilynn Collins. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Gary and Michael Grove, and sister, Terry Downs.

Bob offered a level of honesty that was truly heartfelt and sincere which in turn, spilled over into all that he did. His profound advice was steadfastly true whether you wanted to hear it or not; he was that kind of man. We are all better people for having him share his wisdom and love with us all.

Bob always stated that he never wanted a funeral service. Instead, his family will take him back home to Wisconsin to celebrate his life as he would have liked. We ask that you share your favorite memory on Bob’s Facebook page so that his friends and family can remember him together.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Robert’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Julie Smith on May 10, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    I’m looking so forward to some real face to face time with all of you. I’m so sorry he left so soon and so fast!! This has to be the only thing he’s ever done fast in his whole adult life. Thanks for bringing him home. See you soon. Love you all! Julie

  2. Judy Schmitz on May 13, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Sorry for you family loss.

  3. Sherri Hammond on May 15, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    I got to know Bob a little through his children. He was an amazing man and father that showed his love and support for his children and grandchildren daily! Dan and Riki was and were blessed beyond words to have him in their lives. He raised two loving, caring, remarkable son and daughter. They both shine bright because of him. I love you Dan and Riki and I am so sorry for the pain you are feeling now. That pain is because you were so loved by him and is the price we pay for that love. Cherish your moments and memories you had with him. Love you!

  4. Tim Grove -Barbara Welch on May 15, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Bob was a one of kind guy! Tim and Bob would talk for HOURS on end! They were WAY worse than any two women could ever be! (HAHA) They would ask each other questions like “Do you remember when…?” and, is that one place still there? Tim would ask questions about Bob’s life around the Harmon house what kind of work he did before he was born. They always had something to talk about not just for an hour but wayyyyyy more than that! I have never seen two men do that before! They had such a close bond as brothers even with their age difference and never really be able to get together, that didn’t change a thing. You could truly see there was such a tight bond with them that would never change. Bob was always humble and a true gentleman in my and Tims eyes. We will never forget him. You will always be in our hearts Bob. Thank you for leaving great memories for Tim to share.

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