Warren Groff

Warren Groff

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
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Warren F. Groff, 94, of Bartlett, Illinois, died Sunday, June 23, 2019. He is remembered and admired as a loving husband and father, perceptive scholar, ardent churchman, skilled wordsmith, gentle soul, and thoughtful friend to many. Warren was born on June 27, 1924 in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the nearby town of Harleysville. He was a WWII veteran, serving as master sergeant in the Army until 1946. Warren married the love of his life, Ruth (nee Davidheiser) on August 30, 1947, and they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary last year. Warren’s academic achievements include a BA degree from Juniata College (1949), BD degree from Yale Divinity School (1952), and PhD from Yale University (1955). He was an ordained minister, serving at churches in Pennsylvania and Connecticut (1946 - 1954), and an Associate Professor of Religion at Bridgewater College (1954 – 1958). Warren worked at Bethany Theological Seminary from 1958 to 1989, serving as Professor of Theology, Dean, and President. He was an accomplished author, and respected for his many contributions to theological education. He was an active member of York Center Church of the Brethren for more than 50 years. In his free time, Warren loved playing bridge and other card games, and freshwater fishing (often using his own handmade “cedar plug” lures). He had a positive impact on many, many people and will be greatly missed by family and friends. Warren is survived by his wife Ruth (nee Davidheiser); son David (Jill); sister-in-law Barbara, and five nieces and nephews: Steve, Laurie, Julie, Lisa, and Brad. He was preceded in death by his parents Reinhart and Reba (nee Rupert) and his brothers Russell (Ada) and Paul. Memorial Services will be held at York Center Church of the Brethren in Lombard, Illinois on August 10, 2019 at 11:00 am. Arrangements by Countryside Funeral Home & Crematory. For more information call 630-289-8054.
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    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 11:00am
    York Center Church of the Brethren
    1S071 Luther Ave
    Lombard, IL 60148
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