David Paul Groeber Sr., of Anthem, AZ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 after reaching the age of 85. Dave was born on May 6, 1935 in Springfield, OH, where he resided with his parents, Paul and Catherine Groeber, and his eleven brothers and sisters. Dave often shared stories about what it was like to be part of a such a large family, joking about how if one of them got sick, his mother would quarantine them together so they would get thru the sickness quickly. As a boy, Dave had a paper route that helped him appreciate responsibility and the fruits of hard work. He loved to ride his bike, delivering the paper and being friendly to all he met along the way. This is largely how he conducted his lifeâ€¦always with a smile, a warm greeting and finding ways to help others. Dave worked in the printing industry for most of his adult life, beginning with McCall Printing Company in Dayton, Ohio from 1962 to 1972 and holding positions of increasing responsibility with various printing companies over the next thirty years. During this time, his family called several places home, including Illinois, Connecticut, Georgia, Tennessee and Michigan, allowing them to develop an ability to adapt and address any situation with grace. Dave finished his professional career at Tuthill Corporation, Inc. in Burr Ridge, Illinois, serving as the Facility Manager where he worked side by side with both of his sons. He took meticulous care to ensure the building operated smoothly and that all of its occupants were comfortable. Again, doing so with a smile. Tuthill employees remember Dave for his affable, warm personality and for the dedication he displayed in caring for the facility and all of his coworkers. During this time, he briefly resided with his son and his wife, David Jr and Carol and his grandsons - David III and Jake. These times were treasured times, affording Dave the opportunity to watch his grandsons' academic and athletic accomplishments and to dine, golf and play together with themâ€¦and of course, share the occasional glass of wine with his son and daughter-in-law. He earned the nickname "Grampy", a term of endearment, which his family, friends and neighbors still fondly call him today.
He loved to bird watch, listen to music, walk with friends, watch football, play golf, visit his family, lounge in the jacuzzi with a Brandy Old Fashioned, play dominoes, attend family reunions and go to church. He kept busy in retirement enjoying these activities and doing projects around the house. Dave was a strong but gentle man that helped others to feel understood and supported. He was generous, always giving to others of his time and resources and doing so joyfully. He will be remembered for the love he showed to others and for the use of his humorous cliches. Dave was preceded in death by parents, Catherine and Paul Groeber, sisters, Mary-Margaret Jordan, Jackie Griffin and Joanne Hook and brothers Paul, Larry and Dick Groeber.
Dave is survived by Chloe, his wife of thirty-one years, children, David Groeber Jr. (Carol) of Aurora, IL, Kim (Monte) Fairchild of Peoria, AZ and Guy Groeber Peoria, AZ; two grandsons David III and Jake Groeber; Step-grandchildren Devan and Amber Fairchild; two brothers, Dan Groeber of West Palm Beach, FL and Terry Groeber of Springfield, OH and three sisters, Pat Fairbanks of Springfield, OH, Helen Grim of Dublin, OH and Kay Shively of Mesa, AZ.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in Springfield Ohio at 11:30 AM at St. Bernard's cemetery in Springfield, OH.