Kenneth was born in Indiana to Philip and Sophia Grover. From the age of 5 untill age 16 he lived in an orphanage and was known for having skipped classes to play checkers.
"The Mighty Mite" played checkers most of his life, holding the 11-Man Ballot World Championship title for several years. He co-authored Twentieth Century Checkers and Let's Play Checkers with his close friend Tom Wiswell. He was a GM chess player and author of the book "Chess".
Playing both checkers and chess Mr. Grover once played 80 opponents simultaneously. He was also known for his blindfold exhibitions.
He was survived by five sons, Charlie, Ron, Tom, Kenneth Grover Jr., all of Taholah and Kenneth Comenout Sr.; five daughters, Jessie Grover Stevens and Annabelle, both of Taholah, Paterica Grover Rains of Onalaska, Lorna Grover of Caracas, Venezuela and Rosalind Lucky of New Jersey; 45 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Married in 1951, he was preceded in death by his wife Tillie Comenout in 1979, three daughters, Phyllis Leahy, Willa Jeanette and Jackie Grover and two brothers.
Services were held at the Coleman Chapel in Hoguiam.
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