Jack Gordon Grothe

January 23, 1940March 13, 2019

Jack Gordon Grothe, age 79 of St. Louis, died March 13, 2019. He is the husband of Margaret (nee Meek) Grothe, who survives. Jack is also survived by a son Mike (Susan) Kizer, grandsons Lucas Noah and Paul Kizer; a great-granddaughter Mikayla Kizer; and siblings Edwin (Barbara) Eller, Mary (Daniel) McNamee and William (Norma) Eller. Jack was born in Sterling, Ill., a son of Clarence and Catherine (nee Clifton) Grothe. He graduated from Dixon (Ill.) High School. Jack received an Associate of Arts degree at Coffeyville Junior College in Coffeyville, Kansas. He also graduated from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas with Bachelors Degrees in Psychology and Sociology and History. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Corps School at Great Lakes Illinois and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Merchant Marine. Jack retired in 1999 from the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation after 22 years as a Park Ranger and Museum Educator at Jefferson Barracks Historic Park. During his retirement years Jack remained very active in various local, state and national military historical groups and societies. Among them are the Scottish American Military Society, St. Louis Civil War Roundtable and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Shriners and Masons, Arnold Lodge 673. Jack's wishes are to have his body cremated. A burial service of cremated remains will be held at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


26 March

Commital Service-Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

2:30 pm


Jack Gordon Grothe

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Brian McManus

March 22, 2019

To the entire Grothe family,
I met Jack and Maggie at an artillery school event when he was Commanding Officer of the 4th Military District, Sons of Veterans Reserve.
His wise and witty demeanor always made everyone at ease around him.
The desire to become a "Brevet Private" still makes me laugh when I think about it.
I shall miss him, and will carry the lessons I learned from him always.
Godspeed Jack, and may the angels carry you home.
For Maggie and the family, may the cherished memories sustain you in this time of loss.
God Bless you all.
Brian D. McManus
SUVCW, Dept. of WI, Commander

James Dixon

March 21, 2019

I was very surprised to learn of Jack's passing. My earliest memory was at the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, Illinois when I first joined the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Jack made a point to walk over and talk to me. I can remember him knowing who I was even though we had never met before that time. He made it known that a young man like myself is the future of our order, and to keep the flame burning to honor our ancestors. He gave me my first Challenge Coin that day as well. He will always be in my mind as a great person and friend. My heart goes to the family and friends that he has left behind. God Speed Jack.

James R Dixon

Robert Bowles

March 16, 2019

This has been a very sad week for my family. Brother Jack Grothe thank you for everything! Words cannot express how much I cherished our time together. This picture was taken during the Scottish Rite Reunion while we were working in the wardrobe department. Until we meet thee and greet thee on that ever shining shore to be parted nevermore. Rest in Peace my Brother and rest assured that we will always be there for your sweet wife Maggie!

Thomas Willmering

March 15, 2019

Debbie and I extend our deepest sympathy to Maggie and the family of Jack. He was such a friend to many. He was always available to help others. I met Jack about 44 years ago when we was presenting a "Billy Yank" program in the park. After the program I spoke to Jack about my interest in reenacting and he invited me to join his unit. He outfitted me and mentored me. I learned so much from him. We traveled to Living History programs, reenactments and movies together. Jack was always fun to be with and we had lots to talk about. Jack and Maggie were always good to me, my wife, and my children. Jack made a place for my son, Scott, to be a drummer for his unit and with the MCWRA. The history organizations will truly miss Jack and Maggie's being at the events together and supporting the events. We all will miss him being with us. It was a job well done, Jack, and we salute you! Huzzah!!

Tom and Debbie Willmering and family

Sally (Melvin) Tiffany

March 15, 2019

Maggie, on behalf of Jack's classmates from the Dixon High School Class of 1958, we want you to know how much it has meant to have you and Jack faithfully in attendance at our many reunions over the past 60 years. I am glad I had the opportunity to visit with him one-on-one in September. The man was a walking, talking history lesson and will be missed by many. May the words of comfort of many help you through this difficult time. Sally (Melvin) Tiffany, DHS Class of 1958

Chris Warren

March 15, 2019


I was very saddened by the news of Jack's passing, and I wanted to express my deep sorrow for your loss. I will always have fond memories of his conversations with me at the many Civil War events, and will miss our usual chatting at the JB Swap Meet this year. He did love history, and was a such a familiar face at so many events through the years. He will be greatly missed. May God grant you a peace that passes all understanding, and be near you during this difficult time.

With Deepest Sympathies,
Chris, Twyla, & Abbie Warren

Tara McCallum

March 14, 2019

Dear Maggie -- We, too, are so sad to hear the news of your amazing husband's passing. We love you and miss you. I so cherish the Christmas and holiday cards he would send. I remember talking to you via the computer while I was in Korea during a field exercise and you all were visiting Mom, Dad, and Elisabeth in Hawaii. I have enjoyed spending time with you at the Scottish and historical festivals. Sending love from Michigan, Tara McCallum

John Zaharias

March 14, 2019

To Maggie and family,

I have such fond memories of Jack, He was such a whimsical jolly person with a wonderful sense of humor. There always was a chuckle and laugh, as he sometimes made us laugh hard and hysterical, when Jack was around! He would always brighten up a meeting, outing, campfire with some of his takes on the situation! I have stored up in my brain bank a host of his sayings and if I could talk to him in the great yonder, I'd say, "Jack, I'm still using your jokes after all these years!" He was a serious historian, collector, researcher, re-enactor and he is to be commended for all the worthwhile preservation associations he was a member of. In addition, his service to his Country and community during his career as a Park Ranger, is commendable! Last time I saw Jack and Maggie was at Pilot Knob, Missouri almost 6 years ago and it was a grand reunion of both him and other old Missouri Pards of mine! All I can say is we shall miss you Jack, you were a rare person indeed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Maggie and family, May the Good Lord Bless you and keep you all in his care. All our deepest respect and love, John Zaharias and Janet Smith, Gettysburg, Pa,

Steve Weldon

March 13, 2019

Dear Maggie, My heart is broken right now. It's hard for me to imagine a world without "Jack and Maggie" in it. The memory of you and Jack as dorm parents back at Baker University seems so long ago, yet is still as clear to me as if it were yesterday. Seeing Jack all dressed out in his uniform for the "Ballad of Blackjack" would send my life spinning in a whole new direction. I never knew if I would ever have children, but when Bryan was born there was never any doubt who his God Parents would be, "Jack and Maggie"! I know that Jack's passing must be difficult for you, but you know that Bryan, Molly, Janet and I all love you, and are holding you close in our hearts. Steve