YORK Carl Warren Grove, 91, fondly known as Grovie, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 3, 2013. He was the husband of Fay Avila Grove. The couple would have observed their 63rd wedding anniversary today, October 7, 2013. Born August 19, 1922, in York, Carl was the son of the late Wayne and Hanna (McCleary) Grove. After graduating from William Penn High School in 1940, he began his apprenticeship in machine maintenance under the tutelage of his father at Motter's Printing Press, retiring from there after 50 years, breaking only to serve his country as a proud Marine in the South Pacific during WWII. Grovie enjoyed all sports. As a catcher and key player of the Prince AA fast pitch softball team, they captured the Championship Title of the Bi-State League in 1949. He enjoyed building, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite pastime was counted cross stitch, creating his own designs and winning multiple Blue Ribbons at the York Fair. He was a lifelong member of Zion United Church of Christ, where he married Fay on October 7, 1950. Along with his wife, he is survived by his five children, Stephen (wife Alexa), Carol Grove DeSalvo (husband James), Scott (companion Lydia Redin), Barry, and Christopher (companion Cathy Burkhart); his grandchildren, Jesse DeSalvo, Daniel DeSalvo, and Sophie Grove; brothers, Dale (Lois) and Leonard (Louise); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Kenneth, Herb, and Anita Grove, and Louise Allewelt. Visitation with the family will be 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 2114 W. Market St., York. The celebration of life service will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Philip Nace officiating. Full military rites will be presented by the York County Veterans Honor Guard at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice & Community Care, 224 St. Charles Way, Suite 200, York, PA 17402; or a
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Oct. 7, 2013