From: "BLS" <elvis500(a)frontier.com>
Subject: [ILFRANKL] GROVES, Raymond
Raymond Groves, 88, of Marion, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM at
Memorial Hospital of Carbondale with his family by his side.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Blue Funeral
Home in Marion with Dr. Bob Wagner officiating. Military Rites will be conducted at the
funeral home following the service with the Marion VFW, Marion American Legion and the
Illinois National Guard. Mr. Groves will be interred in Rose Hill Cemetery following
Military Rites. A time of gathering for family and friends will precede the funeral
service starting at 10:00 AM on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial donations are
suggested to the Marion Military Ritual Team. Envelopes will be available at the funeral
home or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, PO Box 411, Marion, IL 62959.
His daughter Kay and husband Ron Summers lives Rural Thompsonville
Raymond was born on Tuesday, October 23, 1923 in Marion to Claude & Sylvia (Boles)
Groves. He married his late wife, Novella, on Friday, September 21, 1945; she preceded him
on Monday, December 27, 2010.
Mr. Groves dropped out of school and began working in the coal mines, to help his family
financially. He later joined the US Navy and served proudly aboard the USS AMMEW during
WWII. He worked diligently to overcome obstacles of his childhood, and life, to complete
his education. Raymond became a successful businessman with the help of his dedicated
Raymond is survived by his daughters, Kay & Ron Summers and Anita & John Lloyd;
grandchildren, Jeremy Lloyd and Rebecca Summers. He loved them all dearly.
Mr. Groves was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Novella and brothers, Billy Eugene
Groves & Donald Wayne Groves.
Mr. Groves was a member of the Marion Masonic Lodge #89 AF & AM, Marion VFW and an
active member of Second Baptist Church in Marion. He supported DAV, loved to fish, enjoyed
spending time with his grandchildren, but most importantly, he loved his family.