LEAF RIVER – John R. Grove, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.
John was born on September 5, 1931, in Leaf River, the son of Roy L. & Alice (Kapperman) Grove. He graduated from Leaf River High School class of 1950. John served in the United States Army during the Korean War. John married Augusta “Gussie” Hagemann on July 19, 1953, in Leaf River. John worked as a farmer for 40 years in the Leaf River area.
John was a member of the Leaf River Lions Club for 55 years, American Legion, Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551, Oregon Country Club, Ogle County Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited, Leaf River Snow Demons and German Valley Sno-Riders. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, golfing, fishing up north, four wheeling, snowmobiling and mushroom hunting. After his retirement he spent many hours woodworking. He was always there for his family and friends when they needed help, and socializing with his friends was important to him.
John is survived by his wife, Gussie Grove of Leaf River; daughter, Debbie (Gregg) Bergin of Mt. Morris; grandchildren, Eric (Christina) Bergin of German Valley, Kirsten (Michael) Osterloo of Champaign, and Allison Bergin of Milwaukee; great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Emma Bergin of German Valley, and Matthew Osterloo of Champaign; brother, Bruce (Velma) Grove of Dayton; sister, Margorie Harmon of Annandale.
John is preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Stephen Bergin, an infant granddaughter; great grandson, John Walter Bergin; two brothers, Leon and Royal Grove; sister, Edna Gates.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 2, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Lightsville Cemetery, Lightsville. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2019, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.