James "Jim" Groth

March 12, 1963July 28, 2015
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“James “Jim” Groth made his last wildly inappropriate and probably sarcastic comment on July 28th. Jim was born and immediately dubbed “our favorite child” to John and Joan Groth in March of 1963. Their constant love, support, caring far exceeded anything Jim deserved. He is survived by his wife of 25 years the recently wealthy and overly devoted Julie and his proudest accomplishments sons Brandon John, Blake Isa, and Brett James. Additionally he is survived by his much older sister Lisa Dickman of whythehelldoyoulivethere Rhode Island and younger Brother John Groth of West Palm Beach Fla. Jims demise will now allow them to emerge from his shadow. A variety of nieces and nephews with mediocre upbringing would complete the list of those left to embellish his memory. Jim’s employment history was standard, College recruiter, Oyster Shucker, YMCA executive director, and for the past 16 years Industrial Construction Project Management. He had two basic philosophies regarding work “careers are for the unimaginative “and, “surround yourself with great people and stay the hell out of their way.” His 30 plus years as a volunteer soccer coach from the kindergarten to High school level afforded hundreds of Children and parents exposure to Jim’s unique personality. Half a dozen or so of these folks might speak of him fondly if pressed. Jim died knowing that Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the best movie ever. Bruce Springsteen best recording artist, Clint Eastwood the baddest man on the planet, and that chicks dig El Caminos. His regrets were few but include eating a rotisserie hot dog from a convenience store in the summer of 2002, not training his faithful dog Rita to detect cancer, and that no video evidence exists of his prowess on the soccer field or in the bedroom. Although a less than average life span, Jim did not live an average life. He traveled where he wanted to travel, laughed inappropriately at every chance, learned what he wanted to learn, fix what he wanted to fix and loved who he wanted to love. Cremation will take place at the family’s convenience, and his ashes will be kept around as long as they match the décor. Visitation will begin on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 9:00am until 12:00pm with a Memorial Service to begin at 12:00pm at Hixson Funeral Home in Moss Bluff, LA. Don’t be late! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart of Hospice, 750 Bayou Pines East, Suite A, Lake Charles, LA 70601 Anyone wearing black will not be admitted to the memorial. “ –Jim Groth


  • Visitation Saturday, August 1, 2015
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 1, 2015

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Richard Culbertson

August 22, 2016

Jimmy, It looks as though your pages here will be meeting their end as well. The number of people that left a note make a great statement about you... Sorry we never met.

I trust you have reached the promised land and are well beyond our well wishes. Have a great afterlife.

claudia callahan

July 25, 2016

Sorry I never met him, I would have loved him!


May 10, 2016

What a personality. Jim seemed like a hoot to be around. I am sorry for your loss, it will be hugely felt but he left such memories to be cherished. He will live on in all of you. May drawing close to God in prayer bring you comfort and peace. Phil 4:6,7

Cindy Jacobsma

May 9, 2016

Come to think of it, obituaries are meant to inspire. This one does. Onward goes James Groth, suited in armor and joined by those who seek the grail. All is as it should be. I thank you for your inspiration.

Arthur Washburn

March 14, 2016

I just got around to reading the JU Wave I received last fall thrown on a pile of other mags & saw the obit on Jim. I met Jim over 30 years ago at JU and considered him a good friend, one of the good guys. I remember the last time I saw him in passing picking up my son at the Y in Arlington and talked about JU. Julie you were truly blessed having Jim as you soul mate.
Arthur Washburn, Jacksonville, FL

Mary A

February 23, 2016



February 21, 2016

This is a brilliant obituary and legacy!


February 9, 2016

This is pretty cool and would certainly bring a smile to the face of the mourners. This has inspired me to write my own obit. My condolences.

Sharon Martin

January 9, 2016

It hurts to lose such a joyful and happy soul, so please take comfort from Jesus' words at John 11:24, 25. I know it brings me comfort and help me smile when I think of my dad's great jokes. I truly hopes it helps you too!


November 30, 2015

What wit and insouciance in the face of death; I hope his passing was pain free. On a lesser note, I also hope he wrote other pieces that you will share with the world when you are ready. I find his writing style reminiscent of Mark Twain, and worthy of immortality in and of itself.
Please know that others, like me, are still finding comfort and inspiration in the tears and laughter brought on by reading Jim's words. Not being a Facebook or TV watcher, I stumbled upon this link at random, and wanted you to know it continues to touch people far away.
Thank you, Jim and family.