John Richard Groger Sr., 83, Gerald, formerly of Moselle, departed this life Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Creve Coeur. |
John Sr., son of John Groger and wife Lillian, nee Bay, was born Aug. 27, 1930, in Moselle. As a young man, John Sr. was married, and blessed to have five children.
John Sr. was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, entering Nov. 27, 1951, and receiving his honorable discharge Nov. 26, 1955. During his working career, he was employed as a machine operator for Jefferson Smurfit Corporation and Container Corporation of America, Pacific, retiring after over 30 years of service. John Sr. had a passion for trains, especially Frisco, and was well known in the area for his miniature railroad he constructed on his property. The train has over 4,000 feet of track, and took him over two years to build. He also loved to travel to various places to see trains. What meant most to him was the time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a very special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.
John Sr. is survived by five children, Donna Stone, Mary Nolting, John R. Groger Jr., known to all as Rick, Daniel R. Groger, all of Union, and Cathy Stephens, St. Clair; special sweetheart of nine and a half years, Geraldine Ellerbrake, Leslie; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
John Sr. was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lillian Groger; one brother, Ray DeClue; one sister, Mary DeClue; one stepbrother, Frank DeClue; one stepsister, Letha Sansocie; and one grandson, Jeremiah Nolting.
A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with Pastor Mary Avizenis officiating.
Interment, with full military honors, was in Boeuff Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Gerald.
Memorials may be given to V.F.W. Post 2482, St. Clair.
The Groger family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on May 21, 2014