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Egbert B. "Ebbie' Groen, 97, of Northbrook, IL passed away at home Sept. 24, 2012. Born Jan. 26, 1915 in Pekin, IL to Klaas D. and Bertha Groen, he married Naomi Chetlain September 19, 1968. He received a BA degree from Knox College and a JD degree from the University Of Illinois School Of Law. Serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a judge advocate, he was discharged as a Lt. Col. February 19, 1946. He represented the 30th, 45th and 48th districts in the Illinois State Senate from 1953 to 1973, and received numerous awards for his leadership and integrity He founded the Pekin law firm of Groen, Carmichael & McCoy from which he retired in 1974. A championship golfer with many interest, he was widely recognized as an avid gardener and accomplished horticulturist, especially in the propagation of orchids and roses. He was the director of the former First National Bank and Trust Company of Pekin for 40 years, retiring as Board Chairman. Prior to his move from Pekin to Northbrook in 1988, he was an active member of various masonic and fraternal organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents; four siblings; a daughter, Karel J. Bong; his wife of 42 years, Naomi B. Groen; and his first wife, Helen Marie Clary Groen. He is survived by a son, Keith Clary Groen; a step-son, Mark Kellner; a step-daughter, Diane Geimer; two grandsons, Clary H. Groen and Christopher M. Groen, seven step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and step-grandchildren and three nieces. He was a member of The Northbrook United Methodist Church and previously a member of, and Sunday school teacher at, The Second Reformed Church in Pekin. Reflecting on his life, he often commented that he had experienced a "wonderful and blessed life", as to which he had "no regrets". Graveside service will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, IL. Rev Melissa Earley officiating. Funeral Info 847.675.1990 or

Published by Chicago Tribune on Sep. 26, 2012.
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We're so lucky to have wonderful memories like those I have of Ebbie: that red golf cart for his 80th, his long drives on challenging holes, his sparkling conversation. Since he moved away physically, he never moved away from my memory. Our happy days at Canyon C.C. are eternal.
Justin Fishbein
October 3, 2012
Keith and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. I'll always remember Ebby.
Scott Bong
September 26, 2012
I was saddened to learn of the death of Senator Groen whom I admired greatly. Years ago I represented both the Illinois State Medical Society and Hospital Association and "Eby" always was viewed as one of the true intellects in the legislature. I mean that in a good way. We even agreed most of the time! He was a treasure. He represented his constituents well. My deepest sympathy!
Herbert Gardner
September 26, 2012
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