DIXON – Thomas W. Grove, 73, of Dixon, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at KSB Hospital in Dixon.
He was born Nov. 16, 1940, in Dixon, to Murrie E. and Anna Lucile (Mayes) Grove. He graduated from St. Mary Grade School and Dixon High School. During his high school football career, he was named to the 1957 Honorable Mention All-State football team. He attended Northern Illinois University, where he played football for 2 years. Tom served for 6 years in the National Guard. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and worked on the bridge crew; and by Commonwealth Edison for 27 years in substation construction, retiring in 1995.
He was a past president and member of the Illinois Gamebreeders Association, and participated in the gamecock tradition that extended back in his family for more than 100 years. In most recent years, Tom developed an interest in homing pigeons. He flew them in competition and belonged to the Rock River Pigeon Club. He was a lifelong Notre Dame football fan, and never missed a Saturday afternoon in the fall watching the Irish win their football games. An item on his bucket list was to visit Ireland. A few years ago, he, Gracie, and Bridget checked off that item and had a memorable Irish trip. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Dixon.
Tom married Gracie Wolf on July 20, 1968, at St. Patrick Church in Dixon.
Survivors include his wife, and daughter, Bridget Grove, both of Dixon; two brothers, Murrie (Christina) Grove of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Mark (Jill) Grove of Belvidere; and nieces and nephews: Kim, Rachel, Patrick, Victoria, Nathan, and Nicholas Grove.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Neil P. Grove.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Scripture reading, Friday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. Funeral services will begin with a 10 a.m. prayer service Saturday at the funeral home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Church in Dixon, with the Rev Bernard Sehr officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
A memorial has been established to St. Mary School and St. Patrick Church.
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