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Rick Gridley


October 31, 2018

April 7, 1948 – Oct. 20, 2018

Rick Allen Gridley, 70, of Sweet Home died Oct. 20, 2018.

He was born April 7, 1948 in Santa Maria, Calif. to Paul Wesson and Patricia Joann (Harrington) Gridley Powell. 

He served in the U.S. Army as a 62K20 grader and heavy equipment operator from Feb. 5, 1969 to Dec. 1, 1970. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. 

Mr. Gridley lived in Colorado, El Cerrito, Calif., Coos Bay and North Bend before coming to Sweet Home in 1992 with his sister, Cindy Golden and brother-in-law Allen Golden.

He met his wife Reba Gilbert in 1996 and they married in 1998. He became stepfather to two children, then became PaPa Rick to five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Mr. Gridley loved fishing, hunting, and visiting with friends while watching football. He was an avid Raiders fan. He also enjoyed going to the coast, playing cards, Dominos or Upwords board games. He also loved building things – bird house and construction work. 

Mr. Gridley is survived by his wife, Reba Gilbert-Gridley of Sweet Home; step-children John Gilbert and Tonya Gilbert Golden, both of Anchorage, Alaska; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother-in-law Allen Golden of Madras; nephew Jon Golden of Anchorage; nieces Erica Sandavol of Golden, Colorado, Nellie Baker of Swisshome and Nickie Kirkland of Gold Beach; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Paul Gridley in 1998; mom Patricia Powell in 2012; brother Jeff Gridley in 2017; grandsons: J.J. Golden in 1994 and Chance D. Golden in 2001; and sister-in-law Wynona Golden.

A celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Sweet Home VFW. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to a Go Fund Me that is being set up. 

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. 


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