Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA


William Douglas Grover

July 14, 1949May 23, 2016

Grover, William Douglas

William (Bill) Douglas Grover 66 of Burke Virginia passed away on May 23, 2016. Born in Alexandria, Virginia, he was the son of the late Cecil Clarence Grover and the late Ruth Catherine Dohner Grover and husband of Karen Runyon Grover. Bill graduated from St. John’s College High School in Washington DC, Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a BA in History and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a MA in American Colonial History. He worked for the National Archives and Records Administration as an Archivist from 1973 – 2004 in both Washington DC and College Park, MD.

After retirement Bill was able to pursue his passions with great enthusiasm. He worked at Laurel Hills golf course and Twin Lakes golf course. He also enjoyed bowling and joined the NCABA board of directors in 1994, served as president during the 2004-2005 season. He was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in 2006. He was involved with youth coaching for the National Capital Area Bowling Association. He helped to create a Club Bowling Program at George Mason University and taught a bowling course through the PE Department. He participated in numerous leagues across the northern Virginia area and was most proud that he finally bowled a perfect game.

Becoming a grandfather was one of Bill’s greatest joys. No one could make Bill smile the way that Olivia could and he enjoyed every minute with her but particularly enjoyed sharing knock-knock jokes, coloring and sharing Snoopy cartoons with her.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Karen Grover, stepchildren Michael Shea Gardner, Lora Runyon Hile (Drew) and Benjamin Runyon, granddaughter Olivia Hile, sister-in-law Dayle Grover, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, many family, and his late wife Anne Grover.

A celebration of life will be held at the Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, Virginia on June 1st at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association 4217 Park Place Ct. Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 or to the History Department at George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 1A3, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 Expressions of sympathy can be submitted or viewed online at: www.demainefunerals.com.


  • William D Grover Memorial Gathering Wednesday, June 1, 2016


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June 18, 2016

To the family of Bill Grover: Bill worked with myself and many others for the Fairfax County Elections. Bill was a kind guy and so much fun. His family was very important to him. So glad we had a chance to meet Bill and get to know him. He will be missed by all. My condolences to his family...may fond memories sustain you

Stella Steinman

Jeanne Westbrook

June 2, 2016

So sorry to hear of this loss. I have faith that we will all be together again and I look forward to that.

June 1, 2016

To the Grover family,
So sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather. Bill was a good man, friend and bowler. He was an intergral part of the NCAUSBCA before and after the merger. He will surely be missed by all of us at the association office, notbonly as a bowler but for the knowledge of the game that he shared with all. May the good Lord not only welcome his son home but keep his family wrapped in his loving arms. May God bless you and keep you. The staff, officers, directors of the National Capitol Area Bowling Association.

Connie Lynn

June 1, 2016

Karen, you don't know me but I was William's first cousin and I was saddened by the fact that he is no longer with us, but joyful that he is at peace and with the loved ones that have passed before him. My brother and I want to extend our sympathy at this time.

Connie Lynn and Mike Dohner, Lakeland, FL

Paul Ramsey

June 1, 2016

R.I.P. Bill

May 31, 2016

Karen, I had hoped to attend the service but have to keep two sick grandchildren.
Praying that you continue to stay strong and keep doing amazing things .
BIll fought a good battle and we missed his presence at Thursday Prime Timers.
Linda Dean

John Kolessides

May 29, 2016

Coach Bill was a pioneer in the collegiate bowling community. He was a figure many people looked up to and without his invaluable contributions the local association and George Mason bowling club would have not been the same. Thanks for all the memories coach and the inspiration you provided.

Jim Radigan

May 28, 2016

Karen I worked with Bill as a volunteer at Twin Lakes. He was always the gentleman and a good team member. Jim Radigan


May 27, 2016

Karen, I am so sorry to hear about your husband. If there is anything I can do please let me know. Prayers for Bill and you.

Mike Rucker

May 26, 2016

I'll miss you greatly Bill. I'm proud to call you my friend.