Herbert H. Grommesh died from complication of a fall on January 15, 2010, in Sacramento, California.

Herbert H. Grommesh died from complication of a fall on January 15, 2010, in Sacramento, California.  Herb was born the sixth of ten children on November 13, 1928, in Alice, South Dakota.  He is survived by his son, Randy Grommesh, of Gridley; daughter, Brenda (Dan) Stentzel, of Live Oak; five grandsons, John Grommesh, of Sacramento, Paul (Misty) Grommesh, of Dublin, Ohio, Glenn (Shelby) Stentzel, of Yuba City, Adam Stentzel, of Live Oak, Sam (Danielle) Stentzel, of Yuba City; and two grand-daughters, Melanie Grommesh Menard, of Washington, Brooke Stentzel, of Live Oak; and five siblings.

Herbert was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Betty Louise (Parker), and his son, Michael D. (Kacy) Grommesh, of Folsom.

Herbert was an excellent example of unconditional love, faithfulness and dependability.  His family was always his primary concern.  As a young father, Herb spent many years working two jobs, and still managed to be present to wipe away a child's tears, or rest and soothe an ailing baby on his chest.  The devotion and love he lavished on his wife, Betty, throughout her life and challenges was inspirational.  Raised on a farm, Herb learned the value of hard work early, which sustained him throughout his life.  Few things made Herb as happy as being given a task that required using both his hands and his head to complete.  He loved to build, and enjoyed teaching his grandsons how to use tools properly.  Herbert was also a man of tremendous faith.

He served as a Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving two years in the Denver, Colorado Mission, and many years as a Membership Clerk in the Gridley Stake.  Herb also felt strong ties with community and country, serving as a former member on the Gridley planning commission for approximately eight years, and in the U.S. Army as a Tech 5th grade.  He retired from McClellan Air Force base after working 28 years as an Airframe Repairman. 

To his family, Herbert will be remembered as “Papa Herb” who always greeted them with a smile, spoke to them with mid-western honesty and frankness, and loved them unconditionally.  A viewing will be held at noon, on Friday, January 22, 2010, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 400 Spruce Street, Gridley, California, followed by a 1 p.m. service.  Interment will be at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Affordable Mortuary.  Please send condolences at www.affordablemortuary.net.