George Noah Groves

June 10, 1921July 23, 2011

George Noah Groves ,90, Fulton of died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri. He was born June 10, 1921 in Hammond, Indiana, the son of Noah D. and Helen (Miller) Groves.

On April 28, 1946 he was united in marriage to Jeanette Whistler who preceeded him in death in 2008.

George attended Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a football scholarship where his studies in electrical engineering were interrupted by his service as an officer in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Upon his return from service he was offered a contract to play professional football for George Hallis of the Chicago Bears, however, the sign on bonus offered by the Cleveland Browns was more attractive. George also played for the Baltimore Colts and the Buffalo Bills. George was one of the last remaining charter members of the 1946 world champion Cleveland Browns. George returned to Rossville, Illinois where he owned an electrical contracting business for 30 years.

He was a pilot and loved flying, hunting and fishing with his two sons, Michael Groves (wife Susan) of Fulton, and Phillip Groves (wife Cathy) of Shady Shores, Texas. George held a very special love and dedication to his two daughters, Cynthia Groves Bookwalter (husband Tom) of Perrysville, Indiana and Nancy Groves Brier (husband Pat, deceased) of Kaplan, Louisiana. “Daddy George” as he was affectionately called will be sadly missed by his 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. One of the greatest gifts Mr. Groves gave his children was his love and devotion to their Mom……

George will be cremated. No services are scheduled at this time.


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August 28, 2011

dick and jackie and jeanette were wonderful friends and neighbors,sorry for your loss

Paula Lloyd Layden

August 9, 2011

Your father was a gentleman and a very kind man. When he came in to our family restaurant for lunch, he would always say he was "waiting for his date - a beautiful blonde." Of course, that was your mother who he adored. My deepest sympathy to your family.

Scott McBride

July 28, 2011

I have good memories of Mr. Groves from growing up in Rossville. My prays are with his family.

Helen & Vince Logan

July 27, 2011

Mike and Susan, we are so sorry for your loss. Know that we are praying for you and your whole family. Helen and Vince Logan

Nancy Hickman

July 27, 2011

So sorry for your loss.