John E. Groover, 84, of Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community for a brief time, and formerly of Meadville, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
He was born May 6, 1928, in Franklin, a son of John Edwin Groover Sr. and Virginia Green Groover. John married Bernice Dempsey, who preceded him in death in 1997. He then married Ann L. Fox, who preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2006.
He was a 1948 graduate of Meadville High School and in 1960 received a technical degree from the National Radio Institute in Washington D.C. He owned and operated his own TV and radio repair service in the ’60s until 1979 and did TV repair at both hospitals in Meadville. He was an electrician for Westinghouse, Sunbeam and Seco-Warwick, retiring when he was 72 years old. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from July 1945 to July 1946. He was also in the Navy Reserves from May 1953 to September 1956.
He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, where he was past commander from 1979 to 1980, and quarter master of Erie and Crawford County council for eight years from 1987 to 1995; and a member of the Italian Civic Club. John was a member of First Baptist Church in Meadville and was a past trustee, FIC Class and served as custodian of the church for many years.
John is survived by two daughters, Beverly Rappa and her husband, Samuel, of Meadville, and Brenda Wood of Meadville; three sons, Mark Groover and his significant other, Ronda Lemke, Brian Groover and his wife, Karen, and Michael Groover and his wife, Shelly, all of Meadville; 11 grandchildren, Matthew Rappa, Amy Rappa, Amanda Knaus, Alexis Smith, Brooke Groover, Christian Groover, Patrick Groover, Seth Groover, Tate Groover, Nathan Groover and Alicia Groover; four great-grandchildren; a brother, William Groover and his wife, Judy, of Meadville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Bernice Dempsey Groover and Ann Fox Groover; and two sisters, Ann Hefferman and Betty Erwin.
Calling hours are today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home, 614 Baldwin St., Meadville, with a funeral service on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Jerry Walton of First Baptist Church, and a military service by VFW Post 2006.
Interment will be in Greendale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hearing Health Foundation, 363 Seventh Ave., 10th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001-3904; or to the American Cancer Society, 2115 W. 38th St., Erie, Pa. 16508.
Please sign the guestbook at hatheway-tedesco.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home & Crematory, 614 Baldwin St., Meadville.