Douglas H. Grow | Obituary


Douglas H. Grow, 86, of Lititz, passed away peacefully in the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Brethren Village, surrounded by his family.

Born April 5, 1936 in Boonville, NY, he was the eldest son of Vina Francisco Grow and Dudley Hinds Grow.

Doug was a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his degree in business administration and embarked on a 30-year career with Sears Roebuck, traveling frequently for his job and landing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as a manager of Park City Mall Sears in the early 1980s. He retired from Sears as district manager for the Philadelphia area.

Doug served his country in the US military as a military intelligence coordinator before and during college.

He was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church, Landisville, Pennsylvania and was a member of various sports clubs and Rotary.

Doug is survived by his wife Connie Grow, of Lititz, PA, who celebrated 60 years of marriage together on January 20, 2022; daughter, Linda Marshall, and husband Steve of Lancaster, PA; his daughter Kimberley Aranowicz and her husband John of Lititz, PA; 8 grandchildren, Steven Marshall, Jr, husband of Katie, Allison Morgan, wife of Andrew, Ryan Marshall, fiancé of Grace Kronmuller, Kristen Shiner, wife of Tyler, Hailey Kriger, wife of Butch, Aubrey Aranowicz, Conner Aranowicz and Aiden Aranowicz; 3 great-grandchildren, Jamie Marshall, Avery Morgan and Hayden Morgan. He is also survived by 3 siblings, Anne Osman, Binghamton, NY, Patrick Grow, Greene, NY, and Mary Ford, Jupiter, FL.

Doug was an accomplished outdoorsman and traveled extensively for his hunting and fishing hobbies. His travels have taken him to Canada, many places in the United States and Africa. He was most proud of his 171-point Boone and Crockett whitetail deer and enjoyed telling anyone who visited his home about his many adventures on his hunting or fishing trips. He donated the majority of his collection to the Nixon Museum, York, PA. He also enjoyed a trip to Ireland to explore his family’s Irish heritage in County Cork.

Doug treasured the time he spent with his family, and in his later years was proud to hear about the accomplishments and adventures of his children and grandchildren.

Following cremation, the family will hold a funeral service at the grave on October 12, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Afton, NY, Doug’s hometown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Brethren Village Good Samaritan Fund, Attn: Development Department, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543, or The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

The family thanks the many nurses and aides at Brethren Village who took the most thoughtful care of Doug during his final years. They were a blessing to the family during a difficult time.

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