Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Robert Ellis Grove

Robert Ellis Grove, age 32, longtime Shelby resident and currently of Carbondale, IL, passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 13, 2024 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO with his family at his side. His death follows complications from pulmonary fibrosis.

Ellis was born September 7, 1991 in Mansfield, Ohio. He attended Shelby City Schools, ultimately graduating from Lexington High School in 2010. As an athlete, he enjoyed basketball and was a huge fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Additionally, he rooted for the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns.

Health challenges in his teen years altered Ellis’ life journey as he adapted and changed with what was before him. An eventual connection with Teen Challenge took him to various places across the country, forging many friendships and connections- eventually one being with his wife, Sam. As he worked for self-betterment, he too joined in encouraging many along their journey as well. A hobby for Ellis, yet also very much a talent, was cutting hair, which he did for many in the various places he lived and was active.  Ellis found work in dry wall finishing and lawncare- mowing was something he truly enjoyed. He had also worked for the Nectar Protein manufacturer in the shipping department.

Blessed with a heart of gold and a unique, but great, sense of humor, Ellis made two major decisions in his life which will forever continue to make immense rippling effects for others. The first- making sure his son, Emerson, was born in Ohio near family so he could forever be cared for. The other- choosing to be an organ donor in which now, although in grief which remains for those that knew and loved Ellis, he will forever live through his generous, unique, and selfless gift.

Ellis is survived by his wife, Samantha (Richards) Grove, whom he wed September 29, 2021; daughter: Phoenix Grove; son: Robert Emerson Grove; mother and step-father: Lisa (Harter) and Randy Blashak of Crestline; father and step-mother: Robert Edward “Ed” and Liz Grove of Mansfield; siblings: Aimee Kovinchick of Clearwater, FL, Parker (Brittany) Grove of Hickory, NC, Jennifer (Kyle) Whitaker of Grand Rapids, MI, Morgan Blashak (fiancé, Matthew Thorton) of Shelby, Mason Blashak of Akron, Trenton Tucker of Plymouth, and Easton Tucker of Mansfield; step-mother who helped raise him: Lisa Grove of Clearwater, FL; grandparents: Robert Eugene Harter, Judy and Phil Blashak, and Charles and Jana Cook; nieces and nephews: David Jaxon Grove, Robert Morrison Grove, Sterling Lynn Grove, Harrison Alonzo Whitaker, Macie Lynn Blashak, and Axxel Christopher Dowell; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother: Diana Harter; paternal grandparents: Robert Earle and Carol M. Grove; and cousin: Turner Grove.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875, where funeral services will be held on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11 am. Pastor Jim Frado, Pastor of Richland Church of the Brethren, will officiate the services. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with offsetting final expenses.

Condolences may be made on Ellis’ obituary on the funeral home’s website ( or their Facebook page (


To view Ellis’ Tribute Video, click here: Robert Ellis Grove Tribute Video

Memories & Condolence

  1. Barb Brubaker says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We are keeping you in our prayers.
    Ron & Barb Brubaker

  2. Lynn& Steve Faulkner says:

    So sorry to hear of Ellis’s transition but so glad to hear he decided to be an organ donor. It helped immensely in our grief journey with Sam’s passing, and I am sure it will bring you many peaceful moments.,,
    Be strong in his memory…

  3. Rachel Mckenna says:

    I absolutely will miss you Ellis. We were so close at one point , and we drifted apart. You will always have a special place in my heart, and I will read your letters you wrote me over and over remembering the good times we had ❤️ you are an absolutely amazing man and forever will be missed by so many people

  4. Gilbert Orr says:

    I am sorry for your loss of a fantastic young man with a fabulous smile and attitude! We will keep your entire family in our prayers and God bless!!

  5. Bob and Tressa Reith says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to all of you.

  6. Katie Hemker says:

    Gone too soon. Rest in peace dear cousin, your faith in God and fighting spirit will continue to inspire me. And your love will live on in all of us who love you.

  7. Steve Eagle says:

    Very sorry for your loss. I’m happy to have met and spent time with him. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Shirley Nasipak says:

    Ed ,Parker, and family,
    It broke my heart to hear of Ellis’s passing at such a young age. I remember Ellis at Prospect Elementary. His smile is just the same . It always lit up a room and made your day ! My brother in law died of pulmonary fibrosis in January. I know how hard your journey must have been. Will be keeping all of you who loved Ellis in my prayers as you grieve and miss him forever.
    Shirley Nasipak
    Retired Counselor , Mansfield City Schools

  9. Steve May says:

    My prayers are with the family. A fine young man.

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