More detail on this person: David H W Groves, 61 of Freeport Obituary: David Groves Journal-Standard, The (Freeport, IL) - Sunday, October 23, 2011 David H.W. Groves, 61, of Freeport, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family. Born Jan. 24, 1950 in Freeport, he was the son of Walter and Geraldine (Lapp) Groves. He married Colleen Peterson on Sept. 21, 1980 in Rock Grove. David graduated from Freeport High School in 1968 and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 2 and as a helicopter pilot in Korea during the Viet Nam War era. David was employed at the Copper Connection in Freeport, Prudential Life Insurance Company, State of Illinois Unemployment Office and the Illinois Veterans Office. Some of his proudest accomplishments were to assist veterans and their families with benefits and services. David was involved in coordinating and instituting an all-volunteer van service to transport veterans to the V.A. Hospital in Madison, Wis. His activities included, past Troop Master and assistant Troop Master for Boy Scouts Troop #7, American Legion, VFW, AMVETS, and Korean Veterans Organization. As a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, he assisted with the PADS and Meals on wheels programs. Surviving David are his wife, Colleen; three sons, Kyle, Michael, and Evan all of Freeport; his sister, Robin Stykel of German Valley; two brothers, Terrance (MeriAlyce) Groves of Freeport and Reverend Mark (Debbie) Groves of Sioux City, Iowa; his mother in-law, Charlotte Peterson of Davis; one brother in-law, Dwight (Diane) Peterson of Freeport; family friend, Harold "Sonny" Vore; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Randall Groves; and his father in-law, Robert Peterson. David will be remembered for his love of the Dallas Cowboys, his strong patriotism, his respect of the American Eagle and his kindness to others. He was a big man with a big heart and will be missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Following the funeral service cremation rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
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