Jay Homer Groff, 79, livestock hauling company owner, Newport Church deacon, gardener

By on May 30, 2018

Jay Homer Groff, 79, of Manheim, died peacefully on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Hospice & Community Care surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Rapho Township, he was the son of the late Jonas B. and Edith Ebersole Groff. He was the loving husband of Doris A. Snader Groff, who died in 2006.

Homer was a life-long owner and operator of his livestock hauling company in Manheim. He was a member of Newport Church, Elm, where he was a Deacon. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Homer had a love for gardening and working in his yard.

Surviving are five sons: Jay D. Groff, of Lancaster; Rick G., husband of Eva Groff; Tony L., husband of Paula Groff, both of Manheim; Barry E., husband of Kimmberly Groff, of Millersville; Jamie C., husband of Janelle Groff, of Harrisburg; two daughters: Alice M. Geisel; Amy J., wife of Michael E. Smith, both of Manheim; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Clair, husband of Marlene Groff, of Palmyra; Harold, husband of Lois Groff, of Landisville; and a sister: Helen, wife of David Habecker, of Newmanstown.

Preceding him in death is a sister: Hilda Wenger; and a brother: Kenneth Groff.

Funeral services will be at Newport Church, 656 W. Newport Road, Elm, on Thursday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service.

Those desiring may send contributions in Homer’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To place a condolence online, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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