89, of Santa Rosa, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday night, January 2, 2014. He was born to William Edgar Grow and Angeline Rhodes on October 15, 1924, in Philadelphia, PA. He lost his father at a young age and was placed in an orphanage until age 14. He was then adopted by his uncle, Alfred Rhodes, and grew up in Haverford Township, PA. At the age of 17, he tried to quit school and join the Navy but was rebuffed until Pearl Harbor, when the Navy finally allowed him to enlist. He spent the entire war on the USS Tuscaloosa, "the luckiest ship in the navy," which saw action in the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters, but was never damaged in battle. Upon returning home, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania and married the late June Eberly in 1945. They established their home in Philadelphia and Dan began his rise through the ranks of the banking world. They relocated to California in 1978 and never left. Dan was a wonderful spinner of stories, which engaged young and old alike, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Those who knew him will remember him as a man of integrity and honor - his body powered by pure happiness and an unlimited source of positive energy. In his later years, he was involved in the Navy Sailors and Cruisers Association, and an active member of the Valley of the Moon Rotary. He also enjoyed volunteering at The Children's Village of Sonoma County and the Luther Burbank Center. He has left behind much love and joy in the hearts of those who knew him, as well as one son, two daughters and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his special friend, Susan, and her family, with whom he shared a deep and tender relationship. In lieu of flowers or cards, a donation to The Children's Village of Sonoma County would have made Dan happy. Funeral services will be private.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2014