James DeGroat

September 16, 1939January 5, 2019

James Henry DeGroat, age 79, of Kingsland, Texas, passed away on January 5th, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Jim, as he was known to his many friends, is survived by his partner Velma Gauny; his two children, Kimberley Bentley and son-in-law Chris Bentley, Jim DeGroat (JR) and daughter-in-law Amy DeGroat; grandchildren, Molly Dart, Nash DeGroat, Emily Dart, and Seth Dart who adored him and had many fun and exciting adventures with their “Grandad”; sister Quita Routson and her husband Ted Routson; Nephews, Larry Franke and wife Kathy, Eric Franke and wife Rebecca, Niece, Cassie and husband Donnie. Jim led a full life accomplishing many of his life goals becoming a master electrician for Jefferson Chemical and led the maintenance department there for many years before retiring to the hill country to realize another dream of owning and operating the Hi-Line Lake Resort on Lake Buchanan. He loved being on and around the lake and continued that interest by starting 3D Boat Dock’s, a custom dock construction business. Jim never met a stranger, and that philosophy carried him throughout his life and afforded him many meaningful friendships. He will be missed by many. Rest in peace Dad, and know that those lives that you touched are better for it. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held Sunday, February 3rd on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise boat at 2pm located at 443 Waterway Lane Burnet, TX 78611 on Lake Buchanan. Arrangements are under the care of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Condolences may be offered at


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Joanna & Larry Green

January 19, 2019

We just heard of Jim's passing & were so surprised. Had recently seen Jim attending a mutual friends memorial service & he looked good. So glad we got a chance to visit with him again. We first met Jim when we moved to Volente in the 80's. His infectious smile & friendly personality won us over right away. Our friendship continued when we all ended up at Lake Buchanan. He was a hard worker as evidenced in how he reinvented Hi Line Marina. Jim was a good friend and as stated never met a stranger! He was always there when you need him & helped us out numerous times. I know his passing will leave a large void in the lives of his family & friends. Our condolences to you all until you see him again. With love & prayers,
Larry & Joanna Green

Lisa Faulkner

January 9, 2019

Velma and Family. I am so sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Jim. He always had a hug and a big smile when I saw him. He was such an amazing man and will be missed by many. He never did anything in a small way, it was always to the max or none. He lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment of it.

So sorry for your loss.
Lisa Faulkner
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