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Norman L. Groff, 98, of Galesburg, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday,
September 8, 2019 at Marigold Health Care Center and Rehab, Galesburg.
Norm was born October 19, 1920 in Hannibal, the son of Oley
Oren and Belva Otho (Lee) Groff. He
married Mary Kay Winters on June 30, 1947 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on April 4,
2005. Norm is survived by one son,
Michael (Joyce) Groff of Springfield; one daughter, Patricia (David) Bevard of
Bolingbrook; three grandchildren, David (Melissa) Groff, Brian (Gina) Groff,
and Keith (Lauren) Groff; and five great grandchildren, Joseph, Caroline, Tim,
Gavin, and Clara Jo Groff. Along with
his wife and parents, Norm was preceded in death by one brother, Theodore
Groff; and two sisters, Mary Wyant and Ann Hibbs.
Norm served in the Merchant Marines from 1943 to 1946, he
then served a stint in the US Army from 1946 to 1947. Norm worked as foreman at Butler Mfg. for 38
years, retiring in 1980. Norm was a
member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Father J.O. Hunt Knights of Columbus
Council 556, Ralph M. Noble American Legion, and the 40&8. Norm enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and
gardening. He also loved to cook and was
an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
The rosary will be prayed at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September
11, 2019 at Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, with visitation following
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Funeral
Mass will follow at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Deus-Dedit Byabato will
officiate. Cremation rites will follow
services. Private burial with military
rites will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Alexis.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Costa Catholic
Academy, or Woodridge Living Center.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.