Larry A. Groff 64, born in Brickerville, tool design engineer, enjoyed cooking

By on April 10, 2013

Larry A. Groff, 64, passed away Wednesday April 4, 2013 at Hospice and Community Care, Lancaster.

With the prayers of many and his loving family by his side, we will cherish our time with him and he will be forever in our hearts.

Larry was born in Brickerville, the son of the late Charles and Stella (Adams) Groff. He is survived by his wife of 34 years: Nancy; his two sons: David John Groff and wife Toni (Andes); James Charles Groff and wife Melissa Farr; and his stepdaughter: Leslie Allgyer and companion Michael Dooty. He will also be missed by his two feline companions: Ming and Jade. Surviving also are three grandchildren: Ryan; Nikki; and Quinn. Other survivors include his brother: Mervin and wife Ruth (Oberholtzer); sister: Ellen Jean Heisey; and his nephews and nieces: Ross Groff; William Leed; and Elizabeth Witwer.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his nephew: Steven Groff.

A resident of Lancaster County his entire life, he grew up on a small poultry farm. He was one of few in his generation to still attend a one-room school in his elementary years. Staying close to his roots, a career in the agricultural industry seemed a logical choice. He retired in 2010 from Case New Holland after over 40 years of service. His last position with the company was as a tool design engineer.

In life he took great pride in being "Pop Pop" to his two grown grandchildren, Ryan and Nikki, and the late arrival to the family, Quinn Michael. He had many culinary interests, making sausages and pickles, baking, grilling and smoking, much to the delight of his family and friends. He was an avid reader, followed NASCAR and Penn State football, traveled and enjoyed being near any beach or bay.

Larry was a former active fireman serving in the 1970s with the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company. He was a former member of The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the New Holland Kiwanis.

He graduated from Ephrata High School, Class of 1966. He and his wife, who is also a "66" grad, enjoyed the many reunions, picnics and other social events this tight knit group of classmates arranged over the years. Their support during Larry’s illness has been much appreciated by the family.

The family will gather to greet friends on April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stradling Funeral Home, 30 N. 9th St., Akron. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at the Stradling Funeral Home, Akron. Inurnment will take place in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata, at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Larry’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P. O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604 or A Tail to Tell, PO Box 524, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064 or The Healing Journey at the Lancaster Cancer Center, Greenfield Industrial Park, PO Box 10396, Lancaster, PA 17605.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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