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John Donald Groves

November 23, 1937 — May 23, 2024

John Donald Groves, a man of unwavering determination and gentle passion, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2024, in St. Joseph, Michigan. Born on November 23, 1937, in Richmond, Virginia, John's life was a tapestry of dedication, service, and joy that touched the lives of many.

John's early years were spent in the nurturing care of his parents, John Esley Groves and Flossie (Hazen) Groves, both of whom preceded him in death. His journey led him to Cedar Lake Academy, where he graduated in 1956, instilling in him a lifelong love for learning. John's academic pursuits continued at Emmanuel Missionary College before he answered the call of duty and entered the United States Army, serving his country with honor. His quest for knowledge culminated at the University of Houston Clear Lake, where he earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration.

Upon returning to civilian life, John's career was marked by the same conscientiousness that he brought to his military service. His professional life was characterized by integrity and a strong work ethic, qualities that earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.

John's personal life was rich with love and companionship. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ellen (Bradley) Cooper Groves. They had many life adventures together. John was blessed with two children Sharilyn Bodie and John Wesley (Ana Dorantes) Groves, and two grandsons Alex and Leo who he loved dearly.

His sister Betty Jean Miller, his half brother Herb (Teresa) Butterfield, and half sister Maria (Don) Riedthaler, will remember John for his outgoing nature and the interesting conversations that could always be had in his company. His family circle extended to include four nephews, Jeremy, Wesley, Gerard, and Gentry Miller, and two nieces, Melanie and Merille Gordon, all of whom will miss his gentle guidance and passionate storytelling.  

John's life was further enriched by his step-children, Valerie (Kelly) Price, Dawn Gaiser, Charles (Eddie) Cooper, and Jennifer (Steve) Cooper Peterson, who brought joy and laughter into his home. His memory will be cherished by his two grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved.

He was preceded in death by his brother Robert (Arletta) Groves, his half brother John Butterfield, his sister Hazel (Malcom) Gordon, and one step-child April Cooper Boswell.

John's interests were as varied as they were engaging. He found solace in the great outdoors, whether he was riding motorcycles, playing racquetball, or hunting for deer, antelope, and waterfowl. His love for the Arkansas Razorbacks football and basketball teams was well-known, and his enthusiasm for the games was infectious.

As we bid farewell to John Donald Groves, we celebrate a life lived with purpose and joy. His memory will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know him, and his spirit will live on in the hearts of his family and friends. John's journey through life was a testament to the power of an honest and curious soul, and he will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of his company.

A memorial service will take place on August 3rd at the Village SDA church in Berrien Springs at 4:00 PM.
 Arrangements have been entrusted to Allred Funeral Home in Berrien Springs.  

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Saturday, August 3, 2024

4:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Village Seventh-day Adventist Church

635 Saint Joseph Avenue, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

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