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John R. Grove

John R. Grove, 87, Leaf River, died on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 at Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

John was born on Sept.5, 1931 in Leaf River, the son of Roy L. and Alice (Kapperman) Grove. 

He graduated from Leaf River High School in the 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.

He 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, German Valley Sno-Riders.

He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, golfing, fishing up north, four wheeling, snowmobiling, 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, Leaf River; daughter, Debbie (Gregg) Bergin, Mt. Morris; grandchildren, Eric (Christina) Bergin, German Valley, Kirsten (Michael) Osterloo, Champaign, and Allison Bergin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Emma Bergin, German Valley, and Matthew Osterloo, Champaign; brother, Bruce (Velma) Grove, Dayton, Washington; sister, Margorie Harmon, Annandale, Virginia.

John was preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Stephen Bergin, and an infant granddaughter; great-grandson, John Walter Bergin; two brothers, Leon and Royal Grove; and sister, Edna Gates.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Sept. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. 

Burial will be at Lightsville Cemetery, Lightsville.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Finch Funeral Home.

Memorials made be made to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

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