Ferdinand Edward Grossman passed away in Mount Shasta, California on December 10, 2018.
Born in Illinois, he grew up on a farm. After his father died at a young age, Ferdinand took care of his mother before joining the army at age 16, where he finished his education.
During his service, he worked as a head cook, and was a Korea veteran. He also served two terms at Fort Ord.
After completing his military service, he started working at a Foster Freeze, where he met his wife, Alice Jo. They later went on to purchase Foster Freeze locations in Albany, El Sobrante, and Pinole. They vacationed in Dunsmuir, California every year and loved the area, so they decided to move there in 1994.
They spent many years picking local blackberries and making blackberry jam, which they sold throughout the community of Dunsmuir.
Ferdinand continued this endeavor after Alice Jo passed away in 2005. He enjoyed fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife after 45 years of marriage.
He is survived by his daughters: Nikki Mace (Tony) and Robin Denise Warren. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Michael Warren Jr., Ashley Warren, Brenda Deanda, Sunny Deanda, Anthony Maria and Aleka Maria; as well as his great-granddaughter, Roselani Warren.
A graveside service will take place on Friday, December 21 at 1 p.m. at Mount Shasta Memorial Park.