Jeff Groves with Jamie Groves in December 1997
Jamie Groves and Jeff Groves in December 1997
Jeff Groves and Jamie Groves at Jamie's home in Rome, Indiana in December 1997
The Perry County News, 2 Aug 2001 Obituary: James Groves, 96 Rome--James J. 'Jamie Groves, 96, died at 9 am Monday, July 30, 2001, at his home in Rome. He was born 31 Oct 1904, the son of the late John David and Bessie (Royal) Groves. He was united in marriage 3 Aug 1927 to the former Dove Pletcher in Ohio. He was a graduate of Rome High School and Indiana University in 1930 with a degree in chemistry and Math. He was a lifelong farmer in Rome, where his land has been in his family since 1807. He was a World War II US Air Force veteran. He served as commanding officer during his service in Africa and Italy and received the Legion of Merit for outstanding service in Africa. He oversaw the 348th Air Service Squadron, called the Desert Rats, servicing and repairing the B-24 Liberators and other aircraft that helped Allied forces push Germans out of North Africa and later Italy. He was a member of Reserve Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans, Harry G. Myers American Legion Post 2939, Rome Masonic Lodge 133, F & AM, where he was past master, Hadi Shrine Temple, York Rite, Scottish Rite and National Rifle Association. He was past president of the Council on Aging and played an active role in starting Oaks Senior Citizens Center in Cannelton. He was instrumental in having the Old Courthouse in Rome placed on the National Historical Register. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dove, in 1985; his parents; and a sister, Margaret Gilbert. Surviving are a daughter, Ellen Bell of Leopold; a son John of Rome; two sisters, Dorothy Rickert of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and Barbara Spannuth of Bloomington; four grandchildren; Melinda Burke, Huebertta Greathouse, Jim Gibson and John Bell; and eight great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 am Thursday (today) at Huber Funeral Home in Cannelton. Pastor Sharon Summers will officiate. Burial will be in Wegenast Cemetery in Rome with military rites. Friends may call from 9 am until Service time today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rome Cemetery Association or Visiting Nurses Association.
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