John H. Grosh, 91, farmer, Wenger Feeds worker, great storyteller, collected pocket knives

By on December 26, 2018

John H. Grosh, 91, of Manheim, formerly of Elizabethtown, went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born in Hellam Township, York County, he was the son of the late Harvey F. and Laura V. Hursh Grosh. He was the husband of the late Alta G. Hollinger Grosh for 67 years, prior to her passing on Aug. 15, 2018.

John was a 1945 graduate of the former Hellam High School. He was a longtime member of Mount Calvary Church in Elizabethtown. Prior to retiring in 1990, he was employed as a service technician by Wenger Feeds in Rheems for 13 years. Previously, he worked in sales for Longenecker’s Hatchery in Elizabethtown and earlier was a self-employed farmer in East Donegal Township

In addition to hunting and painting, John enjoyed collecting pocket knives. His family and all those that knew him will remember John as having an ability to tell a good story and possessing a great sense of humor.

He is survived by four children: J. Philip Grosh, husband of BJ Jennings, of York Haven; Pamela S. Grosh of Elizabethtown; John H. Jr., husband of Bea Gattuso Grosh, of Salunga; and Andrew L., husband of Sylvia Carlson Grosh, of Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea; seven grandchildren: Katie H. Grosh, Erin M. Grosh, Hannah J. Grosh, Sarah G. Grosh Archer, Luke I. Grosh, John A. Grosh, and Katie E. (Lizzie) Grosh; four great-grandchildren; and three siblings: Blanche C., wife of Leroy Hertzler, of Mount Wolf; James A., husband of Shirley Grosh, of Palmyra; and Miriam E., wife of Clair Burkhart, of Cochranville.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Harvey F. Grosh, and Harvey’s wife, Sylvia.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Hoffer Auditorium, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. There will be no viewing. Private interment will be in Chiques Cemetery, Manheim. The family will receive guests immediately following the service.

If desired, contributions may be made in his memory to Wycliffe Bible Translators, PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200, with a note for preference to the Kaluli Translation Project #993018.

To express a condolence with the family or to watch a webcast of the service beginning Thursday, visit spencefuneralservices.com. Arrangements by Spence Funeral Services, Manheim.

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