Services for Denis Joseph McGrory of Penn Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary. Father Chris-Paul Egege will officiate. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Placentia, Calif., with burial to follow at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, Calif.
Mr. McGrory died Saturday, Oct. 28, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was 79.
He was born on Sept. 25, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Denis McGrory and Mary Diver McGrory. He was raised and educated in Brooklyn and attended Catholic schools, graduating in 1944 from St. Teresa’s. He joined the United States Navy at age 17 and served on a Fletcher-class destroyer in the North Atlantic. Following his discharge, he worked at various jobs while attending college on G.I. Bill. He graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in business and attended Columbia University for a year working on a masters degree.
He married during college and started a family. After his graduation, he worked for Moore Business Forms and was transferred to Southern California. After two years, he started his own business forms business and had a 35-year career before retiring in 1988.
He married Carolyn Hillhouse in 1984 in Yorba Linda. They moved from Southern California to Orangevale for a short time before moving to Penn Valley, where he was a 16-year resident. He enjoyed football, baseball and reading, especially military and western literature.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Carolyn McGrory of Penn Valley; son John McGrory of Morega Valley; daughter Denise Dallman of Portland, Ore.; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Daniel and Corrina Dugger of Roseville; stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law Judith and David Muraki of Lincoln and Suzanne and Dan Risse of Pleasant Grove; grandchildren Brett and Mia McGrory, Jared Dallman, Karli Ann and Bryce Dugger, Peter, Michael and Scott Muraki, Rebecca, Cole and Chance Risse; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Dana and Lisa Risse; and great-grandchild Rhett Risse. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Jeannie, in August 1984.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Aid-Thrift Shop, 317 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley, 95945.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.
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