Richard L. Groat
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ROCHESTER - Richard L. Groat (TSGT USAF Retired), 69, died on May 3rd, at Kindred Hospital with his family by his side after a lengthy illness.
He was born on August 6th, 1944, in Cottage Grove, Ore., the son of Elmer J Groat and Juliet (Cochran) Groat.
Richard, a Vietnam Veteran, began his military career in 1961. First joining the U.S. Army, before transferring to the U.S. Air Force. During the course of his military career, he became a Mid Air Refueler (Boom Operator), helped develop a refueling simulator for the Boeing KC135 Stratotanker, became an instructor while stationed at Castle AFB, Calif., a role in which he continued with the 509th Bombardment Wing located at Pease AFB, N.H. In 1982 the Wing was awarded the Sanders Trophy for Best Air Refueling Unit. He retired from the service after 23 years 1985. Upon retiring he was employed with the State of New Hampshire Bureau of Turnpikes, where he remained for another 10 years until retirement.
He enjoyed flying airplanes, gardening, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Before becoming ill, he was a member of the VFW, American Legion, a Chaplain, and also a Notary Public. Additionally, he had served on the Zoning Board and Planning Board for the City of Rochester. He was a very active member of the Community Baptist Church for the past 20 years, and dearly loved his church family.
Richard is survived by his wife: Barbara (Walters) Groat, by three children: Richard Allen Groat and spouse Pamela; William Groat; Suzanne (Groat) Sullivan and spouse Mark, and 6 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers: Delmar Groat; Raymond Groat, and Great Auntie Mac. He was predeceased by his father: Elmer J Groat, his mother: Juliet (Cochran) Groat, and a brother: Donald Groat.
Family and friends may visit Thursday May 8, from 5-7 p.m. at the Community Baptist Church located on Eastern Ave. in Rochester.
A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m.
Burial will take place Friday at 10 a.m. in the N.H. Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H.
Arrangements are under the direction of the R.M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home, 86 S. Main St. Rochester, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the
in his name.
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R. M. Edgerly & Son, Inc. Funeral Services
86 South Main Street Rochester, NH 03867
Published in Fosters from May 6 to May 9, 2014