Richard L. Groover

Richard Lloyd Groover, 78, of Canton, (Union Township) passed away at home Monday morning, Oct. 16, 2017, while surrounded by his devoted family.

Born Dec. 20, 1938, at the family’s home near Gleason; the same home where Richard lived most of his life. “Rich” or “Dick” to family and friends, was one of four children of the late Edwin and Frances (Kilbourn) Groover. He graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1956 and played in the first Canton/Troy football game designated as the “Old Shoe Game”. On Sept. 23, 1961, he married the former Sheryl Hansell in Grover.

Rich’s calling in life was always dairy farming and his beloved lands of Rockside Farms. In earlier years he was employed by Jones & Brague Mining Co. and was a logger with his father. Later Dick worked as a meat cutter at Flickinger’s in Troy and then worked at the Super Duper in Troy and Blossburg.

Dick will be lovingly remembered for his kind hearted, easy-going manner and he made friends easily.

He loved his family, especially the grandkids and enjoyed visiting with them. Dick and Sheryl also enjoyed traveling the United States. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman.

He was a member of Ogdensburg Church of Christ, Mountain Run Hunting Club and the Canton Moose Lodge 429.

Surviving is Sheryl, his wife of 56 years; children, Jon (Gayle) Groover, of Canton, Amy Groover, of Albany, N.Y. and Todd (LouAnn) Groover, of Lemon Grove, Calif.; six grandchildren, Tyler, Ashlee, Travis, Rachael, Lucas and Rene’e; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Lennon; three siblings, Emily Reep, of Canton, Edwina (Gary) Sims, of Troy and Dale (Kay) Groover, of Penn Yan, N.Y.; an uncle, Lawrence Kilbourn, of Roaring Branch; special nephew, David (Barb) Groover, of Canton; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kay (Terry) Schanbacher, of Connecticut and William Hansell, of Fassett; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends and neighbors.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law and brother-in-law and several aunts and uncles.

Family invites friends to call from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 19, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. Rev. Thomas Blackall and Rev. Duane Taylor will officiate the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Ogdensburg Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to Western Alliance EMS, PO Box 13, Troy, PA 16947 or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA 18848.

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