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Edmund Albert Grosch

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From page A2 | July 12, 2013 | 4 Comments

Edmund Grosch

July 15, 1926 — July 4, 2013

After a long, happy life full of outdoor adventures Ed “the Grouch” Grosch succumbed to melanoma surrounded by his family. Born at home in Fairfax, Calif., to Edmund and Margaret Grosch, he was a survivor of childhood polio. He had vivid recollections of watching the Golden Gate Bridge construction while on the ferry to and from his polio treatments in San Francisco. The treatments were successful, allowing him to join first the California Department of Forestry then the U.S. Forest Service in 1950, fighting fires and operating a pack mule train. During that time, there were virtually no roads in the Mendocino National Forest and the mules were used to carry supplies for lookout construction.

Living in Covelo, Calif., and then Stonyford, Calif., Ed quickly shook off his upbringing in Marin County and San Francisco to become a true woodsman. He transferred to the Eldorado National Forest in 1972 and retired in 1981. In addition to his love of hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities, he was a Mason for 59 years, achieving Grand Master status and a Hiram Award. He was a member of the El Dorado Gem and Mineral Society, SIRs, the Retired Forest Service Employees and he was a Master Gardener. Married for 52 years, he is survived by his wife and angel, Karen Grosch; daughters, Melinda Grosch of Santa Rosa and Elizabeth Zacharias (Lewis); and granddaughter, Ellery Zacharias; of Placerville.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m., at the Masonic Center, 2820 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or Snowline Hospice.

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  • Paula NelsonJuly 10, 2013 - 7:22 am

    To Ed's famiy; my condolences. I worked with Ed during the beginning of my USFS career and he was one of a kind; gruff, competent and a real sweetheart. He had a very full life and I recall how important his family was all those many years ago.

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  • Martha SeppalaJuly 11, 2013 - 10:25 pm

    We had the great opportunity to meet Ed through my parents, they were neighbors. He helped my son find out about new things. Ed and Karen hold a very special place in our hearts.

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  • Gail FulbeckJuly 14, 2013 - 11:18 am

    As a fellow Master Gardener I was fortunate to have worked alongside Ed for many years. His good humor and love of his family and nature are his legacy. Condolences to his family, he will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

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  • joseph claninJuly 14, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    I had the honor of visiting with Ed at Marshall Hospital recently. What a fascinating gentleman and what great stories he had of his forest service days. Thank you Ed.

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