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February 08, 2022


Charles Lloyd Grosche, Sr.

April 3, 1942 - February 6, 2022

Mr. Charles Lloyd Grosche, Sr. passed away February 6th, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 79 years old.

He was born and raised in Bogalusa, LA and was a graduate of Bogalusa High School.  He enlisted with the United States Army in 1960, and was a graduate of the United States Army Security Agency where he was stationed at Vint Hill Farms in Warrenton, Va. He was then assigned to Sinop Turkey with a top Crypto Clearance. He was Honorably Discharged as an E5 (SP5) and returned to the Louisiana Army Reserve. Their motto for their service in Turkey was:

“Old Spooks and Spies” We weren’t there, we were never there, we don’t exist.”

After returning to Civilian life, he was an Engineer with the Canadian National Railroad with 38 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kathy Smith Grosche; his sister, Dorothy Creel of Mandeville, LA; four daughters, Becky (Randy) Holton of Pearl, MS, Lisa Sharp (J.P. Calais) of Pensacola Beach, FL, Pam Byrd of Russellville, AR, and Amy Smith of Brandon, MS; three sons, Charles “Chuck” (Cheryl) Grosche, II of Tuscaloosa, AL, John Sharp of Bogalusa, LA, Jason (Jenny) Grosche of Knoxville, TN; thirteen grandchildren, Eddie (Lauren) Neese, Nicole (Broderick) Johnson, Brian (Jenny) Holton, Kyle Holton, Scott (Amber) Byrd, Mary (Ashton) Katelyn, Kris (Steven) Membreno, Staff Sergeant Tyler (Nevada) House, Nicholas (Krystal) Beasley, Tabitha Means, Jesse Penson, and Savanna Grosche and Caroline Grosche.

He was preceded in death by his father George William Grosche, Sr, his mother Mildred Grosche Rogers (Elbie); Brothers – George Grosche, Jr., Walter Grosche (Manzie); Sisters – June Bolton and Peggy McKenzie; and a daughter- Krystal Lynn Sharp

Visitation will be Monday, February 14, 2022, 9:00-11:00 A.M. at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home with service at 11:00 A.M. in the Funeral Home chapel.  Scott Byrd and Reverend Theodore Newman officiating.

Interment will follow at Ponemah Cemetery with full Military Graveside Services by the Magic City American Legion, Post 24.

Active Pall Bearers: Tim Thomas, Joey Sharp, Chris Workman, Eddie Neese, Drake Townsend, Ryan Seal

Honorary Pall Bearers: Chris Bond, Ellis Sampson, Jewel Brumfield, Larry Mizell, Don Brumfield, Armand Rigaux

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