OBITUARY

Lawrence Walsh Grogan

September 23, 1930February 11, 2020

Lawrence W. Grogan Jr. 89, passed away surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. The son of Lawrence W. Grogan Sr. and Elsie M. Grogan. He was born in Buffalo, New York September 23, 1930. He graduated from Canisius High School and Canisus College with a BS in English. Larry served in the Navy during the Korean War. Returning from service, he met the love of his life, Nancy Ransbury. They were married 55 wonderful years until her passing in 2010.

Larry started a long career in radio at stations WBEN and WEBR in Buffalo, moving to Indianapolis where he joined The Susquehanna Broadcasting Co and country station WFMS. He relocated to Arlington Texas in 1983 and retired as Executive Vice President in Dallas at the age of 70.

After retirement, Nancy and Larry enjoyed traveling around the country in their “ Silver Bullet” motor home visiting family,friends and favorite historical sights along the way. To enjoy their life long high school and college friendships, they purchased a waterfront summer home on the Buffalo River harbor. Larry was a long-time volunteer at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and taught English as a second language in a church community.

He will be lovingly remembered by his mentorship, story telling, love of history, generosity, and sense of humor.

Larry is survived by his six children: Timothy and his wife Terri of Highland Village, TX; Susan Yoder and her husband Timothy of Mohnton, PA; Sally Herron and her husband Gregory of Trabuco Canyon, CA; Kitty Pursley and her husband Charles of Cleveland,TX; Michael and his wife Janis of Fort Worth,TX; John and his wife Niki of The Colony, TX. Larry is the adoring grandfather of Benjamin, Kelly, Megan, Madison, Molly, Clay, Jake, Joseph, and 6 stepgrandchildren and 10 step- great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, David Ransbury and wife Karen along with many nieces and nephews. Last, but not least, he will be missed by his four legged best buddy, Matt.

Visitation: 3-5 pm, Friday, February 14, 2020 at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas. Funeral Mass: 2 pm, Saturday , February 15, 2020 at Christ The King Catholic Church in Dallas. Memorials: In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or Charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Rosary Service Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

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Norman Philips

February 15, 2020

Larry was the best mentor and boss I ever had. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend as we just got off cruise and Are waiting for flight out of Miami I would have written this in blue felt tip as Larry’s notes always were done but couldn’t find that option. We will miss you.

Martin Greenberg

February 15, 2020

I met Larry years ago with Dan Halyburton....Larry became a god friend.

I will miss him

Andy Hudack

February 13, 2020

Saw Mr. Grogan on his visits to KRBE -Houston.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Grogan!

Kevin McCarthy

February 13, 2020

Of all the people I was privileged to work with during my years at Susquehanna, Larry was my favorite. When we talked business it was always about the big picture looking to the future (and 25 years ago he could see where radio is today). Mostly when I'd drop by in his corner office, we talked about personal things and his approach to life. I learned so much from Larry's unique perspective on life and I hope he and Nancy are having a great time getting together with old friends.

Robin Gray

February 13, 2020

What wonderful photos and memories of a life well-lived. When God made Larry, he surely broke the mold. What a wonderful man, so full of life and fun to be around. He will be missed but glad he's reunited with Nancy once again. Uncle Larry shared some wisdom with me from his lived-experiences that helped me immensely after my mom passed away and my dad was fighting his own battle with dementia. I will always remember and appreciate that . He had a heart of gold! Godspeed, Uncle. Heaven just got a little better and brighter. Love, Robin & Ed Ransbury-Gray