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Lorn Dale Groves

Birth Date: October 25, 1932
Death Date: January 1, 2018

Decatur – Lorn Dale Groves, 85, of Dalton City, passed from this life Monday, January 1, 2018, in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Dale as born October 25, 1932, in Decatur, the son of Marion “Jess” and Martha (Croy) Groves. He was a retired journeyman sheet metal worker and member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #218. Dale married Gloriajean Erpelding November 22, 1950, in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Decatur, IL.

Dale is survived by his wife, Gloria; 5 children: Gloria (Ray) Barber, Lorn (Marsha) Groves, Dalinda (Bradley) Gustafson, Brenda (David) Reed and Angela (Michael) Scarlett; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 5 brothers.

Services to celebrate his life will be 11 am, Wednesday, January 10, 2018, in the Star of Hope Chapel at Graceland Cemetery; visitation will be one hour before the service in the Star of Hope Chapel. Entombment will take place in the Star of Hope Mausoleum at Graceland Cemetery.

The family of Lorn Dale Groves is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Funeral Service
January 10, 2018
11:00 am
Star of Hope Mausoleum, Graceland Cemetery
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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January 10, 2018
10:00 am
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Star of Hope Mausoleum, Graceland Cemetery
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. I’m glad we both got to see you before Christmas Lori. If the aren’t playing horseshoes, I’m sure they have a pinochle or poker game going!

  2. One more thing. When ya hear people talking about ‘old school ‘ and ‘tough ‘ remember this…..our Uncle Dale dug that basement with a round point shovel………. under his existing house. That’s determination and a strong body

  3. If you needed help a Uncle Dale knew how you were in luck. When we remodeled the Dalton City house i had the kitchen wiring as well as the furnace so jacked up we had sparks but no heat. I called and right after work he came and worked in that filthy mess until 1:00 AM. When he left everything was rewired and we had heat. Like Jerry said he had that ornery grin. What a time in Jana and my lives. Neighbors with Uncle Dale and Aunt Gloria. Our walks were intentional passing their house and most times there he was working in the house, yard or a new project. He always made us feel so at home

  4. We were so sorry to hear of Dale's passing, we send our sympathy to the family at this time. Sorry I won't be able to come to his services.

  5. Mrs. Groves and Family
    I was very upset when I saw the passing of Mr.Groves. Please accept my deepest condolences, and remember that prayers and thoughts for all of you are in my heart.
    God Bless and take care.

    Garry Gandy

  6. I was saddened to hear of our family loss.I will always be thankful for the love and support Uncle Dale showed my Dad and Mom. Mom said you could always count on him to visit. My nephew, Trevor had a bond with Uncle Dale too, since he stayed with Mom and Dad during the day.
    I'm glad Mom and I got up to the hospital to see Uncle Dale when I came down for an early Christmas.
    I'll always remember the fun we all enjoyed at the Groves' reunions. I like to think they're all having another reunion up there and playing horseshoes.

  7. Thx Jerry for sharing! Daddy loved his family so much! The Saturday before he passed, he told me about your visit and how great it was to see you! All his kids have wonderful memories of time spent with our Wakeman side of the family!

  8. My Uncle Dale was one of the best ever. I remember him at our house and I remember going to stay over at his house. Not just once but many times, we always had fun with Uncle Dale and his family. I still have an indian head penny and a buffalo nickel he gave me for my birthdays, wish I could remember which birthdays…… he played basketball with us at our house, cards with the other men(maybe poker) and had a quirky grin when something onary was going on. I remember him also helping my dad put central air in our house, that was a great day too. I visited with him at Lindy's house the Wednesday before he passed and he was as sharp as a tack. He showed me pictures of Grandma and Jesse that also had Dale and Delvin sitting on the stairs. I will miss my mom's last brother here among us but I'm glad they are all rejoined in heaven above. Love to all the family and wishing you all peace in the process. Jerry Wakeman

  9. A lifetime of memories with my grandpa. Love him so! Our car rides together into town and he would offer me a piece of gum every time, Wrigleys Juicy Fruit gum, the taste of the gum, the vision of grandpa driving and his forearms in the Sun, and the words, "where would you like to go Natalie Dawn", will forever remain in my mind and heart. Love you grandpa!

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