Francis C. GROTH Jr.

Francis C. "Sonny" Groth, Jr.

SPRINGFIELD – Francis C. "Sonny" Groth, Jr., 75, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born April 14, 1939, to Francis C. and Dorothy Opal (Mohn) Groth, Sr. He married Patricia Durkin on June 14, 1963.

Sonny retired from the State of Illinois after 23 years of service as the supervisor of Wax Crew. He was also the owner and operator of Sunshine Roofing Co. He was the Bout Director of the Springfield Boxing Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved camping and spending time with his family. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Chris Groth, Joe Groth, Rodney (Kelly) Groth and Troy (Krisinda) Groth; daughter, Phyllis Groth; 14 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy (Ike) Williams and Lynda Bressan; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Groth; his parents; brothers: Donald, Larry and Jack; and sisters, Dolores Anderson and Patty Groth.

The family will host a Celebration of Life Gathering on Saturday, April 26, 2014, beginning at 3 p.m. at the D.A.V., 25 Club Area in Springfield.

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