Dec. 19, 1926 – Nov. 30, 2017
A memorial service will be held Francis “Frank” Kennedy Grove, beloved husband, father, educator, and coach Saturday, Dec 9, at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Myrtle Point. Frank passed away peacefully Nov. 30, 2017 at 90 years of age.
The son of Francis and Mary Agnes Grove, Frank (also known to his friends as Buckshot) was born Dec. 19, 1926 in Myrtle Point, the fourth of eight children. He was raised in the nearby town of Powers, where he was a member of the 1944 state champion basketball team, earning first team all-tournament recognition for his play.
Frank graduated from Powers High School in 1944, after which he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving from 1944 to 1946. After returning from the war, Frank attended Lewis & Clark University and the Oregon College of Education, competing in basketball and track and field at each school.
Frank married his sweethart Mary Lou Wyland of Powers Sept. 2, 1950 at the Myrtle Point Catholic Church. The couple raised three sons Daniel, Stanley, and Henry in Myrtle Point.
Frank began a long, fruitful career as a teacher at the Bridge School in Coos County, followed by a two-year stint coaching basketball at Central Linn High School. He then became a fixture at Myrtle Point High School for 21 years as a history, math, and geography teacher. In addition, he served for many years as high school principal and head coach for the basketball and track and field teams.
As coach, Frank led the basketball team to the state tournament five times, placing third in 1969. He was inducted into the Myrtle Point High School Hall of Fame in 2009 for his coaching excellence.
An avid outdoorsman, Frank enjoying hunting and fishing with his sons across Coos County. He also volunteered for many years at the Coos County Logging Museum, where he loved sharing stories of the early days of the timber industry in the area.
Frank is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; sons, Dan and Henry; brother, John; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, six of his siblings, and his son, Stanley.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Frank Grove Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made at Umpqua Bank in Myrtle Point.
Arrangements are under the direction of Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service – Myrtle Point Chapel, 541-572-2524.