Groger, Sr., John Richard

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Sunday, May 18, 2014

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Boeuff Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Gerald, MO

Memorials / Donations:
VFW Post 2482 of St. Clair, MO


John Richard Groger, Sr. of Gerald, MO, formerly of Moselle, MO, departed this life on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Creve Couer, MO, having reached the age of eighty-three years, eight months and eighteen days. John, Sr. was born in Moselle, MO on August 27, 1930, son of John Groger and Lillian Groger nee Bay. As a young man, John, Sr. was married and blessed to have five children.

John, Sr. is survived by his children, Donna Stone of Union, MO, Mary Nolting of Union, John R. Groger, Jr., known to all as Rick, of Union, Cathy Stephens of St. Clair, MO and Daniel R. Groger of Union; by his special sweetheart of nine and a half years, Geraldine Ellerbrake of Leslie, MO; by six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

John, Sr. was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lillian Groger; by his brother, Ray DeClue; by his sister, Mary DeClue; by his step-brother, Frank DeClue; by his step-sister, Letha Sansocie; and by one grandson, Jeremiah Nolting.

John, Sr. was a Christian believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, entering on November 27, 1951 and receiving his honorable discharge on November 26, 1955. During his working career he was employed as a machine operator for Jefferson Smurfit Corporation & Container Corporation of America in Pacific, MO, retiring after over thirty years of service. John, Sr. had a passion for trains, especially Frisco, and was well known in the area for his miniature railroad he had constructed on his property. The train has over four thousand feet of track and took him over two years to build. Hed also loved to travel to various places to see trains. What meant most to him was the time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a very special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.

A kind and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with Pastor Mary Avizenis officiating. Interment with full military honors was in Boeuff Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Gerald, MO. Memorials may be made to VFW Post 2482 of St. Clair, MO.