Raymond Groves
1925 - 2020


September 15, 1925

October 9, 2020

Raymond Groves, 95, of Blacksburg, Virginia passed away unexpectedly while golfing at the Blacksburg Country Club with friends on Friday, October 9, 2020. Ray seemed never to grow old, taking daily walks with his beloved wife, Ann, and playing golf every week, where he continued to score below his age. His sharp intellect, kind blue eyes, and gentle manner never faded. We will always remember him as a friend described him: "a true hero of intellect, spirit, and kindness."

Born in Detroit, Michigan on September 15, 1925, Ray grew up throughout the Northeast before joining the United States Army at 18 and leaving for the European theatre of World War II with the 87th Infantry Division. He headed a mortar squad with the 87th, traveled through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The 87th lost 1,100 of its soldiers during this time. After World War II, he remained in an officer reserve corps and was called to fight as a Ranger in the Korean War. Because of witnessing so much violence, he remained a lifelong pacifist. He attended college on the GI Bill, graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ray loved sports--downhill skiing, golf, hiking, baseball--and met his wife, Ann Alvord Groves, skiing in Stowe, Vt. They remained married for 55 years, raising their children in South Burlington, Vt. and retiring to Blacksburg in 1997. The family enjoyed many adventures in the Green Mountains of Vermont camping, hiking, and cross country skiing. Ray worked as an agent for New York Life Insurance until his retirement in 1997.

In Blacksburg, Ray served on the Animal Care Committee at Virginia Tech and continued his love of golf with regular games at Blacksburg Country Club. An avid birder with Ann, the two were members of the New River Valley Bird Club. Ray read voraciously, and loved to discuss almost any topic. Not only did he age gracefully, but he continued to expand his interests and learn more about the world and himself as he grew older. The years seemed only to affirm his deep faith and his belief in the goodness of everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Alvord Groves; and two children, John Groves of Eugene, Ore. and Jennifer Groves of Bridgeport, Conn. A private burial will be held in Greenwich, Conn. A memorial service will be held at a later date in May or June of 2021. The family requests that gifts be sent in Ray's name to the Vermont Association for the Blind or the National Audubon Society.
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Published by Roanoke Times on Oct. 18, 2020.
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Jen Got word through the grapevine about your loss. Your father was a beautiful soul. The summary of his life-his experiences, relationships, passions and outlook is an inspiring story of the power of love despite seeing and being in the midst of a lot of pain, fear, and violence. He raise two kids and had a loving relationship with your Mom. Truly a man of The Greatest Generation. Im grateful for humans like your father..who knows where we would be without men like him. Sending love and wishes for ease and peace within your heart and with your family. lots of love Carter
Carter Woodworth Siegel
October 21, 2020
We feel so fortunate to have met you, quite soon after you moved to Blacksburg. We offer our sincerest condolences and love. May Ray's memory be for a blessing.
Steve and Victoria Cochran
October 19, 2020
And, we will miss seeing Ray on the mini walks that you guys took through our neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know if there´s anything that you need. Jose´ and Karen.
Jose and Karen
October 18, 2020
Mrs. Groves I just read Ray´s moving write-up. My golf group was playing the morning Ray passed. We often saw his group making the turn as we were starting. Although I didn´t know Ray personally we were fellow golfers and waved in passing. We were all saddened at his loss but happy for such a long and active life. I am grateful for his impressive military service and send condolences and prayers to you and the family.
Jimmy Williams
October 18, 2020