Grover J. Thurman died Dec. 9, 2017, at the age of 98.
He was born to Ernest and Jimmie Thurman on Oct. 6, 1919, at the family home in Hotchkiss. He grew up in Hotchkiss, where his parents owned fruit orchards on the Fire Mountain Ranch.
After graduating as the first National Honor Society student from Hotchkiss High School in 1937, Mr. Thurman attended Grand Junction Business College on a scholarship.
He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He made the Navy his career and retired as a senior chief petty officer in September 1965 after 20 years of service. After retirement, he was employed by ATAC in Warren, Mich., until his final retirement at age 55.
On Feb. 11, 1945, he married Helen Lezon in Philadelphia prior to his deployment to the Pacific. She moved to Colorado to live with his parents until he returned home from the war.
She died in 2003 after 58 years of marriage.
Mr. Thurman is survived by three children, Jean (William) Leeds, Mark (Debbie) Thurman and Grady (Chandan) Thurman ; five grandchildren: Jonathan Leeds, Jennifer (Tom) Haag, Rachel (Mike) Hudspeth, Jessica (Josh) Schamberger and Jackie (Matt) Dawson; and seven great-grandchildren, Collin Haag, Lucas Haag, Trever Haag, Aaron Hudspeth, Garrison and Oliver Schamberger and Ezra Dawson.
Mr. Thurman was an avid reader who enjoyed good conversation, music, dancing and movies. He valued his faith, his family and the freedom of this great country.
A funeral service was held Dec. 16 at Yates Funeral Home - Coeur d' Alene Chapel, 744 N. 4th Street., Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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