May 12, 1927 to May 7, 2021
Robert Eugene Grissom, 93, passed away from natural causes Friday, May 7, 2021 in Portland, Ore.
Bob was born May 12, 1927 in Syracuse, Kan., and grew up during the Dust Bowl. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Bob went to the University of Kansas on the G.I. bill, graduating with a degree in Business Administration.
He moved to Portland in 1950 for his first job as a furniture salesman with William Volker & Company. After 20 years, Bob and his friend, Bill Pendarvis, opened their first Hickory Farms store and expanded their business throughout the Northwest.
Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sybil Grissom; and their children, Carolyn Hostetler and her husband, John, Tom Grissom, and Doug Grissom. He is survived by six grandchildren, Jacob and Claire Hostetler, Lucy and Grady Grissom, and Thomas and Sam Grissom. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Calton Grissom, Jr. and Bill Grissom; and his grandchildren, Jake Grissom and Libby Grissom.
[Editor: Bob and Sybil Grissom lived on SW 87th in Garden Home for many years.]