Charles "Chuck" Edward GrossmanMarch 18, 1931 ~ August 1, 2017 (age 86)
Chuck E. Grossman
3/18/1931 - 8/1/2017
Chuck E. Grossman, 86, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in a Boise, Idaho care facility.
Chuck was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to George and Marieanne Grossman on March 18, 1931. He was an only child. The family moved to Lake Stevens, Washington in 1944 and Chuck graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1948. He graduated from Everett Jr. College and then transferred to Linfield College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1953. At Linfield, he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity.
Chuck met Wanda on a blind date to the Linfield April Spring Dance and after a whirlwind courtship he proposed in June. He was awaiting draft orders from the Army so they decide to get married October 4, 1953. He was inducted into the Army on October 20, 1953 and went to San Luis Obispo for basic training and then was stationed in Ft. Sill Oklahoma with the 617th Field Artillery Battalion. Wanda joined him in Lawton, Oklahoma in January 1954.
Their first daughter, Terri was born while they were living in Oklahoma. He was honorably discharged October 19, 1955 and the family returned to McMinnville, Oregon where Chuck joined Oregon Mutual Insurance Company in 1956 as an underwriter. In 1956, second daughter, Kelli was born in McMinnville.
Chuck volunteered for the McMinnville all volunteer fire department and became captain of Engine #5. During his 9 years with the department, he was also trained as an EMT. Chuck was promoted to Boise Branch Manager with Oregon Mutual in 1966 which took the family to Boise, Idaho.
In 1972, Chuck joined Industrial Indemnity Insurance as marketing rep and in 1977 was transferred to Spokane. His territory included Northern Idaho, Western Montana, Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon. Chuck and Wanda enjoyed 12 years in Spokane before returning to Boise in 1989. He retired in 1991.
While in Spokane, a friendly and persistent neighbor got Chuck and Wanda involved in hot air balloon crewing. Chuck became Mick's crew chief which took Chuck and Wanda on travels throughout the western states to hot air balloon rallies having great adventures and making many friends.
Chuck volunteered at Columbia Heights Baptist Church where he was a member. Chuck's other interests included fishing, camping, waterskiing and a love of photography. He joined the Boise Camera Club and was President for several years. He received multiple awards for his photographs. Chuck and Wanda always enjoyed traveling and the camera bag was the first thing packed. Kelli and Terri didn't work at photography in the same way as their dad but they both loved taking photos. They attribute their appreciation for the beauty in nature and the magic of photos to their dad. Retirement was filled with travels and family activities that come with four grandkids and three great-grand kids.
As health issues took their toll, he moved to Overland Court Senior Living where he resided until his death. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Wanda, daughter Terri Spinazza (Claude), grandsons Nick Drake (Rebecca) of Boise, Dan Drake (April) of Volcano, Hawaii, Tony Spinazza (Holley) of Campbell, California and Dave Spinazza (Lari) or Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Also three great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Mick and Natalie of Boise. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Kelli Drake, two uncles, Walt and Erik, and his beloved dogs Sadie and Abbi.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Overland Court for their loving and devoted care. We also wish to thank St. Luke's Meridian and Horizon Hospice for their assistance.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Chuck's name to Idaho Humane Society or a charity of your choice.
Native American Prayer
I give you this one thought to keep
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.