Marshall Gene Grotts

August 25, 1942January 11, 2021

Marshall Gene Grotts, age 78, of Peoria, Illinois passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021. Gene was born August 25, 1942 to Alice Jordan and Clifton Leroy Grotts.

Gene was a graduate from Plymouth High school and Gem City Business College. He went on to Caterpillar in Peoria and retired after 30 years . He enjoyed wood working, antique collecting, traveling , & story telling. He was most known for his gardening and being the "tomato man". He enjoyed his family, especially all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed being a Winter Texan with his family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Gene is survived by daughter Vicki McClure (Merle); son Kenny Forner (Traci); daughter Tracy Brown (Sean); and daughter Carol Grotts; sister Sandi Whitford, sister Linda Kirbach, brother Mike Grotts (Wilma), sister Rose Wilson (William), brother Clifton " Skip" Grotts, brother Earl Grotts (Karen), half-brother Rick Grotts and half-sister Edie Nichols (Chris); grandson Merle L McClure, grandson Dean McClure, granddaughter Heather Sims (Toby), granddaughter Sarah Settles (Larry), grandson Christian Brown, granddaughter Brittney Plank and 11 Great- Grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his beloved wife Brenda K (Corp) Grotts; sister Mary Ann Griffin; and brother -in-laws: Charles Griffin, John Whitford and Ralph Kirbach.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Grotts family.


  • Vicki McClure (Merle), Daughter
  • Kenny Forner (Traci), Son
  • Tracy Brown (Sean), Daughter
  • Carol Grotts, Daughter
  • Sandi Whitford, Sister
  • Linda Kirbach, Sister
  • Mike Grotts (Wilma), Brother
  • Rose Wilson (William), Sister
  • Clifton " Skip" Grotts, Brother
  • Earl Grotts (Karen), Brother
  • Rick Grotts, Half-brother
  • Edie Nichols (Chris), Half-sister
  • Merle L McClure, Grandson
  • Dean McClure, Grandson
  • Heather Sims (Toby), Granddaughter
  • Sarah Settles (Larry), Granddaughter
  • Christian Brown, Grandson
  • Brittney Plank, Granddaughter
  • Great- Grandchildren, 11
  • Brenda K (Corp) Grotts, Wife (deceased)
  • Mary Ann Griffin, Sister (deceased)
  • Charles Griffin, Brother -in-law (deceased)
  • John Whitford, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Ralph Kirbach, Brother-in-law (deceased)


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Marshall Gene Grotts

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Sharon McGill

January 17, 2021

Iam not sure what to say, he was a very kind person. Really enjoyed going to the farm and visiting with him and Brenda who I miss so much, but just knowing they will be together again makes it a little better. R I P GINO ME AND LOUIE WILL MISS YOU..Give Brenda a hug from me.

Connie Schoonover-Valla

January 17, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. My brother Ronald was good friends with Gene and spoke to him a few weeks ago. I do remember your family in Plymouth and getting fresh milk from your family, even getting to milk a cow. We will keep your family in our prayers at this most difficult time.
Schoonover Family

Tracey Shortridge

January 15, 2021

Tracy and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Father. He was so nice and very friendly. I loved to talk and laugh with both your parents when they cane to visit! He as well as your Mother are and will be dearly missed 🙏💙💜

Barbara Conaway

January 15, 2021

Tracy, Iam so sorry for your loss, your Dad was a very special man, I know you & your family will miss him so much. Everyone who knew him will also miss him. He enjoyed his life & loved all of you .You & your family are in my prayers. Love you

Jennifer Mills

January 14, 2021

I am soo sorry for your loss,You’s will be in my prayers.