Larry Lee Groover, 73, Sandusky, lost his brief battle with small cell lung cancer on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in his home, with his family by his side.
He was born on July 7, 1939, in Greenville, Pa., and moved to the Sandusky area in 1966.
Larry worked 40 years with the railroads, starting on his 18th birthday with Bessemmer and Lake Erie Railroad in Shenango, Pa. He then hired on with Nickel Plate Railroad in Conneaut, Ohio, and after several mergers he worked for Norfolk Southern Railroad in Bellevue.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving two years during the Bay of Pigs episode as an M.P. and Honor Guard Flag Carrier.
Larry enjoyed sports, both watching and participating. He played baseball, softball, bowling, and golf. He also enjoyed deer hunting in the northwestern mountains of Pennsylvania with his family.
He was a member of Science Lodge 50 F. & A.M., where he was past Worshipful Master in 1992, and a 32nd degree mason, Valley of Toledo. Larry was a very active member of the Singara Grotto.
Larry is survived by his wife of 48 years, B. Virginia (Cooper) Groover; son, Christopher Groover of Sandusky; daughters, Lauri Perdue of Willard, Ohio, and Julie Groover of Sandusky; grandchildren, Alexis Groover, Alayna Groover, Jacob Groover, Jacey Groover, Jaimie Reichman, Corey Perdue, Shelbie Perdue, and Ryan Perdue; brother, William (Kathleen) Groover, Lake City, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Gladys (Beil) Groover; and aunts and uncles.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Science Lodge 50 F. & A.M. will hold memorial services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Friends may also call at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the funeral home. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m., Rev. Gerald Fenske of St. Stephens United Church of Christ, will officiate. Entombment will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Larry’s name may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at toftfh.com.