Roger Grove, 1949-2019

Roger Lee Grove, born on March 13, 1949, passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. He was the 2nd born in a set of identical twin boys. He is survived by his twin, Ralph (Jackie) and his older brother, Larry (Sharon).

In 1973, Roger married Elizabeth Croumlich. He is survived by her and their three children, Sarah (Irving) Audiss, Aaron (Kristen) Grove and Hannah (Scott) Lehman.  His grandchildren called him Papa and he loved them so much. Their names are Samantha, Wyatt, Gracelyn, Mariella and Levi Grove, Cecily and Wilder Lehman, and Kaytee Keller. He also had two great-granddaughters, Ava Rowe and Reagan Leeann Gould. He is also survived by family that were friends and friends that were family, too many to count.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald “Doc” Grove and Lela Grove-Gibson, and his in-laws, Robert and Mary Croumlich.

Roger spent his career working in parks and recreation. He loved his years at Bendix Woods County Park, Potato Creek State Park, La Porte County Parks and the town of New Carlisle. As a teenager, he took his first of many trips to western South Dakota. He loved the land and the Lakota people. He and his family lived in South Dakota for a year where he worked for Wesleyan Native American Ministries. He also spent many vacations volunteering at Lakota Chapel in White River, South Dakota. Roger loved Jesus and because of Him, he loved his family, friends and community well. He spent his life volunteering, creating, designing and building. His gift of music was shared with many. Nothing brought him more pleasure than singing with friends and family. He spent many years building bonfires and sledding hills for his kids. He took pride in making the world’s best tapioca and had perfected the art of the best kettle corn you ever had the pleasure of tasting.  He will always be remembered for his amazing servant’s heart.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6 p.m. EST (5 p.m. CST) Tuesday, Sept. 24, at New Carlisle Wesleyan Church, 32645 Early Rd., New Carlisle. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. CST) until the service on Tuesday at the church. Cremation will follow the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lakota Chapel, P.O. Box 324, White River, SD 57579.

P.S. Parcheesi was his game.  He was the best player ever — all you had to do was ask him.

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5 Responses to “Roger Grove, 1949-2019”

  1. Lee Mumaw

    Sep 22. 2019

    What a great guy, I had the privilege to know Rodger and work with him on a couple of projects when we worked for LP County. His skills and talent certainly was a huge part of bringing the County’s Parks to where they are today. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  2. Evita Ringo

    Sep 24. 2019

    Definitely sending my condolences to the family!
    Evita Ringo/ LaPorte Hospital 3rd floor IMCU

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  3. Darrin Gurnicz

    Sep 24. 2019

    Very sad to hear of his passing. I worked with Roger at Luhr Park in the summer of 1990. The park was in its early years and Rogers’ construction skills and hard work ethic were evident in the development of the site. Many fond memories of our adventures building the maintenance shed and other projects that summer. My deepest sympathy to the family on your loss.

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  4. Dick Reel

    Sep 25. 2019

    Roger was a creator of many things for our County Parks. He loved his work and he loved nature as well as his family. I learned a lot from him about building things the right way. My sympathy to the family. I also feel the loss of a friend and a mentor !!

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  5. Timothy harrold

    Sep 26. 2019

    My deepest sympathy to the family . I knew Roger from helping out at the parks ..what great memories and kind person he was .

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