John Wayne Groover 3/19/1943 - 7/3/2019
John Groover passed away peacefully at The Cabin on 7/3/2019 per his request. A surprise to none, he did it his way. He was born in Lebanon, Indiana, the son of Genevieve (Jenny) Glenn Barnhart and James Richard Groover. He spent the majority of his life on the family farm in Lizton, IN with his grandparents, Anna and Ora Groover, where he later built his own family home. He loved the smell of the soil, family memories, and telling stories of days gone by - he never wanted to leave this place. He loved it so much he that he lived his entire adult life in the cabin, and it is here that he eventually took his last breath as he wished.
He is survived by his son, John Patrick Groover (wife, Carrie), and daughters Marnie Swalley and Anna DeVine (husband, Kelly). He is also survived by his only sister, Judith Groover Johnson. He has 2 brothers from another mother, Dave and Mike Groover, as well as his baby brother, Ben Robinson. John would proudly tell you he also has 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, and his other love, his faithful dog, Bear. John could often be heard saying that he was a wealthy man, he did not have a lot of money, but his children made him feel rich.
John was a 1961 Lizton Blue Blazer graduate. He served his country in the army from 1961-1964 as a proud member of the 101st Airborne. He married his true love, Patsy Ann Grayson, in 1964, and they started their family in 1965. The majority of his career was happily spent at TWA from 1964-1998. Relationships formed here were lifelong and tight. However, there is some thought that the Indy crew might have assisted in the demise of the airline with their 'occasional' consumption of the minibar bottles. John enjoyed frequenting "the office", aka Green Street, to see friends, drink Budweiser (later changed to Lite) and visit his pal MJ. In his earlier years he played sports and later helped coach, he enjoyed carpentry, the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge, in no particular order.
Hendricks County will no longer have missing evergreens around Christmas time, Miller Brewing Company stock prices might drop, local bars will be better stocked and high school kids will no longer be busted for parties at The Cabin. Dancing on the rafters and hallway beer slides will be a thing of the past. Hitchhikers, coworkers, family, friends and occasional strangers were all boarders at the cabin from time to time. Those living at the cabin only needed to stock the fridge with REAL butter, ALWAYS put a new roll of toilet paper in the restroom when needed and to replace the cap properly on the toothpaste to escape the wrath of cabin living. We all knew when the single eyebrow lifted or the forehead was frequently rubbed to either hit the deck or run for cover. If you were a participant of past cabin parties, the final hog roast will be held in honor of John’s life at The Cabin 7/20 after the 4:00pm service, 9243 N County road 200 West, Lizton, Indiana 4614.
In lieu of flowers or donations, Dad would love it if you would buy a beer for someone and tell a story from his past.
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