Harry Richardson Stowe, 92, of Grass Valley died Thursday, May 2, in Grass Valley.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. He had donated his remains to science, and his body was transported to the University of California at Davis Medical School.
Mr. Stowe was born Oct. 31, 1909, in San Bernardino to Harry Richardson Stowe Sr. and Lillis Jeannette Lombard. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1927 to 1931 and was with the Marine Corps Expeditionary Force in Nicaragua from 1928 to 1930.
He then worked for citrus-growing companies in Whittier. During World War II, he worked as a machinist at the Vultee Aircraft plant in Downey and began selling real estate and insurance in Whittier. He continued in the business until he retired to Grass Valley in 1961.
He sold his ranch in April 2000 and moved to the Bret Harte Retirement Inn. He was active in buying and selling property and Amway products. He enjoyed raising plants and flowers and was among the founders of the Nevada County Certified Growers Market in the 1980s. He was an active member of the Bear River and Chicago Park garden clubs and the Foothills Horticulture Society. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Bullion Fire Department in the 1970s.
He is survived by his brother, Sumner Norman Stowe of National City; sons Charles Edward Stowe and Frederick Norman Stowe, both of Grass Valley; daughter, Bernice Wheeler of Grass Valley; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Edythe Hambly, in 1988; one grandson and one granddaughter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nevada County Certified Growers Market or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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