James L. Groft
10/14/1933 - 10/06/2018
James L. Groft, 84, of McSherrystown, entered into God’s eternal care on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at his home. He was the husband of Joyce C. (Overbaugh) Groft for 50 years. Born October 14, 1933 in Hanover, he was the son of Leo C. and M. Bernadette (Murren) Groft. Jim retired from AMP Inc. in Harrisburg with over 40 years of service. He was a 1951 graduate of Delone Catholic High School, McSherrystown, a graduate of Penn State, York, a member of Annunciation BVM Catholic Church in McSherrystown where he was a Eucharistic Minister. Jim was an Eagle Scout, a veteran of the US Navy serving during the Korean War, a member of the Delone Athletic Assoc., Hanover American Legion, McSherrystown Home Assoc., and the McSherrystown Knights of Columbus where he was a fourth-degree member of the Fr. Cyril J. Allwein Assembly. Jim volunteered over 40 years with the Delone Athletic Association as photographer and videographer for the football and girls’ basketball games, never missing a football game during the 40 years. Jim’s life was dedicated to God, Church, Family, Community and Delone Catholic High School Athletics. He was awarded the distinguished Honor Graduate Award for Annunciation Catholic School, McSherrystown. Surviving in addition to his wife are five siblings, Theresa Schuman of Hanover, Dorie Groft of McSherrystown, Sylvia Hartzel and Peggy Knox both of Gettysburg, and Dick Groft of New Oxford; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Rudisill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Annunciation BVM Catholic Church, McSherrystown with his brother-in-law Rev. Msgr. Hugh A. Overbaugh and Rev. Joseph F. Gotwalt concelebrating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and relatives will be received Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Avenue, McSherrystown with prayers at 8 p.m. Serving as pallbearers will be Dennis Frew, Dave Knox, Dick Groft, Bing Hartzell, Paul Smith and Dave Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Staub and Kyle Schuman. Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Delone Catholic Athletic Association, 140 S. Oxford Ave., McSherrystown, PA 17344 or Annunciation Catholic Church Memorial Fund, 26 N. Third St., McSherrystown, PA 17344.
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Posted at:10/15/2018 7:07 pm
Uncle Jim was one of this world's kindest and most gentle souls. He set the benchmark for what it means to be a gentleman. We all are much better for having had him in our lives.
Posted at:10/09/2018 8:08 pm
Terry and Paul Arcari
Jim has always shown such quiet strength and dependability. A gentle soul. Concerned about the welfare of others, so wonderfully present in his dedication to Patty through the years. We are privileged to have had him in our lives.
Posted at:10/08/2018 3:03 pm
One of the truly beautiful souls on the face of the planet. I had the sheer honor of getting to know Jim really in the past 10 years working with the Delone. Not a more giving and unassuming person have I ever met. He simply gave from his heart. Even if the person or group was undeserving of his kindness he continued and in fact gave even more.
Joyce, Dick, and the entire family; you have my deepest sympathies and prayers for Jim. Although I cannot imagine a more applicable example for the words... "Well done good and faithful servant"
Posted at:10/08/2018 10:10 am
Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. Such a dear sweet man. Many thoughts and prayers for you at this time.