Rusty Brodhead

November 19, 2021


Merald “Rusty” Brodhead died on November 19, 2021 at Grand Ronde Retirement Center in La Grande, Oregon.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date (time and date to be announced).

Merald (Rusty) Lee Brodhead was born on November 28, 1937 to Phyllis Jean (Hatfield) and Morvan Francis Brodhead.  Rusty grew up on a ranch in Dayton, Washington. He graduated from Dayton High School.   Following high school, he went to work for John Deere out of Walla Walla, Washington before going into the Army, where he was stationed in Germany.

On June 27, 1968 Rusty married Donna Jean (Daggett) Grove and took on the responsibility of raising her five children. He worked several years for the Union County Road Department, then later after he semi-retired, he worked for North Powder Lumber in North Powder, Oregon.

Rusty was an active member, for numerous years, belonging to both the Eagles, and the Elks in La Grande, Oregon. Rusty enjoyed playing shuffleboard and pool, he played on several different teams/leagues throughout the years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Step-Dad Delos Jay Rayburn; siblings Clive (Sonny) Morvan Brodhead and Danice Lily (Brodhead) Brown; grandson Colby Blake.

Rusty is survived  by  his children Susan Faith (Grove) Blake of Portland; Robert George Grove of Pendleton; Russell Howard Grove of La Grande, Ruth Irene (Grove) Frieboes of North Powder, Anthony Kent Grove of La Grande; grandchildren  Eric Blake, Andrea (Blake) Acosta, Zeb Grove, Sam Grove, Tyler Grove, Riley Grove, Adam Grove, Jen (Frieboes) Smith, Josh Frieboes, Toni Marie Grove, and numerous great- grandchildren; brothers Phil Jay Rayburn; step-brother Lawrence Rayburn; step sisters Sharon and J’Anna Brodhead

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