Richard Groves Sr.

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WEST LIBERTY – Richard E. Groves Sr., 76, of West Liberty, passed away Wednesday Dec 17, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. He was born March 15, 1938, in Bellefontaine, the son of Robert W. and Grace (Harrod) Groves Sr. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sally Jane; daughter Mary Ann (Mike) Conkle; son Richard E. "Gene" Groves Jr.; 5 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Theresa Groves, also by one brother and one sister. Mr. Groves was the retired business owner of Groves Radiator & Alignment in Bellefontaine. He was a member of the Belle Center United Methodist Church, the United Commercial Travelers, and served as Ohio State Director of National Camping Travelers. He helped co-found the Logan County Antique Power Association with his good friend the late Nevin Smith. His Masonic memberships included Bellefontaine Lodge #209, Lafayette Chapter #60 RAM, Logan Council #85 R&SM, Bellefontaine Commandery #61 KT, Hi Point Council #120 AMD, AASR Valley of Dayton, AAONMS Antioch Temple-Dayton, Bellefontaine Chapter #459 OES, Ohio Priory #18 KYCH, Ohio Northern Forest #188, Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He also served 20 years as a member and Chairman of the Bellefontaine Temple Association. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Jennings Farley Funeral Home, 5591 U.S. R.t 68 S., West Liberty. A memorial service will be held at the Masonic Temple at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to Shriners Children Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Florida 33607. Email condolences may be directed to

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Jennings Farley Funeral Home
5591 US 68 South
West Liberty, OH 43357
(937) 599-2139
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