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Eugene (Gene) Lee Grohs
10/15/1959 — 02/12/2022
From Surfside Beach, SC | Born in Wessington Springs, SDWatch Service
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Eugene (Gene) Lee Grohs
Eugene (Gene) Lee Grohs left this world peacefully and surrounded with family on February 12, 2022 in Charleston, SC after a brief battle with Metastatic Melanoma.
Gene was born October 15, 1959 in Wessington Springs, SD, where he lived until the age of 10. His family then moved to the Tri-Cities in WA, where he lived until retiring 4 years ago to Surfside Beach, SC.
Gene graduated from Pasco High School in 1977 and began his career working in auto parts stores. In his early years, he loved spending time racing, both as a pit crew member and a driver. He also loved motorcycle riding, kite flying, the boat races and skiing. In the late 1980’s he began his career with Battelle at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He first worked in the research arena, then moved to environmental management, where he retired as an Environmental Protection Engineer in January 2018. During his time working at the Lab, his main hobby was golfing. He spent many hours on the Horn Rapids Golf Course with many long-standing friends. Upon retiring, he decided he wanted to “live the dream by retiring on vacation” so he and his wife, Shelly, moved to Surfside Beach, SC, where that dream came true. Gene spent the last four years of his life soaking up the sun at the pool and the beach, and driving his convertible or golf cart around town with his music turned up loud. He loved life at the beach and sharing it with his children, grandchildren and many visitors. He especially loved taking his grandkids to the beach, the pool and on crazy golf cart rides, where they always paused long enough to admire the swans. Gene also got to enjoy many trips with Shelly during this time. He loved visiting Europe, the Caribbean and most recently, a Fall trip up the New England coast, cruising in his convertible.
In the early 90’s he was married to Cynthia Cooper, with whom he shared a son, Cameron. Although the marriage did not last, the two always put their son first and remained friends.
He married his current wife, Shelly on February 9, 2000, they were married for 22 years.
Gene was preceded in death by his father and mother, Paul and Myra Grohs.
He is survived by his wife, Shelly Grohs of Surfside Beach, SC, five children; Cameron (Tabitha) Grohs of Prosser, WA, Will (Alyson) McClurg of Las Vegas, NV, Andrea (Shane) Brown of Charleston, SC, Shane (Rocio) Heintz of Richland, WA and Danielle (Wade) Stanton, of Prosser, WA. Six grandchildren, Brailynn, Payton and Kamryn Grohs of Prosser, WA and Preston, Stevie and Ellis Brown of Charleston, SC.
Gene was also survived by five Sisters, Ellen (Mike) Conner, Richland WA, Nyla (Joe) Simonetti, Bremerton, WA, Margie (Allen) White of Richland, WA, Vivian (Scott) McKinlay of Richland, WA and Kathy (Doug) Bryson of Richland, WA.
Although Gene had no brothers growing up, he is also survived by great men he considered his brothers, who all spent time with him at his “living the dream” location at the beach: Steve Grohs, Paul Moore, Jay Bottenus, Jon Adams, Cary Basye and David Nunn.
A celebration of life followed by a reception will be held at Einan’s Events at Sunset in Richland, WA on March 10, 2022 beginning at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Melanoma Research Foundation.
Gene was a long time friend while I was growing up and we has lots of fun times with the drag racing crowd in the Tri cities. He was always fun and also a a good friend of my dad Robert VerSteeg too. Gene knew everyone from his days working at the uptown auto supply store, We lost touch for several years, but then our paths crossed again as his beautiful wifeShelly was a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the Juvenile Court of whom I supervised, I was thrilled Gene was married to such an amazing lady and was sad when they moved away, but happy he was living the dream with his forever love❤️ My boyfriend Robert Puckett graduated with Gene class of 77 Paseo High and worked for his dad for two years, Rob did some hot rod car stuff with Gene too. It’s a small world but Gene left a mark and will be missed but not forgotten. Prayers and hugs to Shelly and family.
Was a wonderful service, thoughts and prayers and many hugs to you Shelly and the whole Grohs family. RIP Gene
I love you Gene. May you rest in peace.
I always enjoyed talking to Gene at Battelle. He was always an upbeat guy and a bright spot on any day. He played golf with my late husband, Tom McLaughlin and our son, Andy McLaughlin. Sending hugs to Shelly and all the family.
We love you Shelly! We continue to miss Gene and our thoughts are always with you!
Our hearts broke hearing the passing of Gene. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Our hearts go out to you and your family Shelly. I am so grateful you got to spend so many great memories in retirement.
I remember Gene as always with a sly, yet warm smile and his famous backwards drive on one of OOGLs “dumb prize” holes. A great person who will live on in my memories. I’m glad he got to live his dream.
Loved working with and being friends with Gene. He was a real go getter. Made times so much fun. Shocked at the loss.
We are so sorry for the loss of Gene. While my brother and I are a little younger, we remember the family fondly. Our mom worked with Myra for many, many years. Sending love to the family.
Shelley, hugs & love to you and the rest of the family! So sorry for this really unexpected lose! Prayer for you all!
Our prayers and our love are with you . We will miss him.
So sorry to hear about Gene’s passing, Prayers for comfort to all his family
Shelly and Family – We will keep all of you in our prayers and miss Gene so much.
God bless all of you.