Richard R. Groff, 92, WWII vet, Burkholder Paving driver, enjoyed mud sales and auctions

By on March 1, 2017

Richard R. Groff, 92, of Ephrata, passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Brethren Village.

He was born in Rothsville to the late Christian and Ella (Redcay) Groff, and was the husband of the late Ruth (Snyder) Groff, who passed away in 2000.

Richard was a member of the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Lititz. He served his country in World War II in the U.S. Navy. During his working years, he was a truck driver for Burkholder Paving, which later became Martin Limestone. Richard was a member of the Big T Association and enjoyed gardening; going to horse, cattle, farmhouse, and mud sales; and any kind of auction.

Richard is survived by two daughters: Janice M. Keller of Ephrata; Joan C. Dull of Ephrata; a grandchild: Shelby, wife of Joe Hoover, of Ephrata; a great-grandchild: Joey Hoover; a brother: Russell R., husband of Jane Groff, of Ephrata; two sisters: Arlene Martin of New Holland, and Mary Ann Groff of Lititz.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by a brother: Harlan Groff.

Services were held Feb. 28 at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Lititz, followed by his funeral service, with the Rev. Bonnie Oplinger officiating. Interment was in the Rothsville Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Richard’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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

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