Wulff Funeral Home

1485 White Bear Ave, St Paul, MN


Robert J. Groth

October 9, 1939July 20, 2020

Robert J. Groth, Age 80, Saint Paul

The love, light and center of our universe left this party he called "life" way too soon on July 20, 2020. Bob passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife and daughters, and the boundless love of family and friends who will miss him dearly. While we cannot honor his request to not feel sad or cry upon his departure, we will honor his legacy by following his lead - with a passion for life surpassed only by the tremendous love in his heart. We will miss him for the rest of our lives, but are forever grateful for the honor and privilege of being loved by him. Bob is survived by the one true love of his life, his sweetheart and bride of nearly 53 years, JoAnn; his daughters, Jenny and Chris, who were so lucky and blessed to have the best "girl dad" and "Bucko" there ever was; son-in-laws Marty Milan and Dana Nelson, whom he loved as his own; his sister, Patricia Gannaway - Patsy, who he loved so very, very much; nieces Sue Lorenz, Lynn Krueger, and Lori Rodgers - all who gave him so much joy, laughs, and love; his Narragansett family and friends, especially lifelong bestie, Ruthie Fain; golf buddies whose friendship extended beyond the golf course; all of his daughters' friends who he thought of and loved like family; and the best and brightest stars shining in his world and the biggest source of happiness for him and JoAnn, their grandchildren: Jack Nelson, Kate Nelson, Leo Milan, Ali Milan, and Ben Milan. He adored each one beyond measure, and their love for him is the greatest tribute to the greatest grandpa there ever was. We will miss you so much, but will think of you with laughter and love whenever we play a round of golf, take a shot of Fireball, work on a puzzle, body surf in the ocean, and most of all, love each other like there's no tomorrow.

A private graveside service will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery. An Irish Wake to follow at a time and manner befitting one of the best humans ever.


  • Private Family Interment


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Nancy Coggeshall

July 24, 2020

Patsy's older brother Bobby figured largely in my reckonings. I attributed her athleticism to the fact that she had an older brother, that some how he was responsible for her ability and courage. I idolized him. My favorite memory of him was a summer in the 80s when he was in Narragansett and dropped by to visit with my parents. He had been their paper boy. My dad could not have been more pleased. On the living room couch Bobby looked as though he came to see Cog every day. The Groths represent that period in Narragansett when we all knew each other, for good or ill. This is a huge loss for the Groth family. His wife and children. Pat and all of hers. His Narragansett classmates and the host of friends acquired in his life in Minnesota.

Becky Nichols

July 24, 2020

Words can't express the sadness I feel at the loss of this very dear Pier friend. I always knew that there would be laughs and good times when Bob and JoAnn came "home" for a visit. Patsy..my good friend..JoAnn...and all of Bob's wonderful family....my sympathies in the loss of this great man.
Love, Becky..."one of those Nichols girls" as Bob used to say

Danni Owens

July 24, 2020

My Narragansett classmate and friend; I will always remember your smile, your laugh, your love of life, your sense of fun. Miss you

Paul Reitzel

July 23, 2020

Uncle Bob was the best. He will be missed, but will always be with us.

Walt Davis

July 23, 2020

RIP my good friend!!!

Kate Reitzel

July 23, 2020

Sending you all love. Bucko was awesome.

Nicole Nemo

July 23, 2020

I will always remember Bucko as one of the funniest joke tellers and one of the nicest men I have ever met. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.