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Ira (Ike) S. Groff

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On August 21, 2020 @ 4:07 pm In Obituaries | 10 Comments

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Ira (Ike) S. Groff, 84, of Lancaster, PA, entered peacefully into the presence of His Heavenly Father, surrounded by his wife and 3 children, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at home. He was the loving husband of Esther M. (Becker) Groff.  Born July 19,1936, he was the son of the late Ira C. & Lillian (Stauffer) Groff.  He attended Penn Manor Schools and worked on a farm with Jay Garber before he began his carpentry career with E. Glenn Nauman.  He was an active business partner of Nauman Construction for over 50 years. He was a skilled designer and carpenter, making beautiful homes and cabinetry for his family.  He was an active member at Calvary Church of Lancaster, PA, where he was best known for his welcome greetings on Sunday mornings.  He was a member of the Gideons for over 30 years.  He was an avid hunter and loved maintaining his mountain cabin and property in Huntingdon County, PA.  He was also an active member of the Cushman Club of America.  He restored numerous antique motorcycles and cars.  He trusted Jesus as His Lord & Savior as a young teen and he led his family with the wisdom and faith He received through that personal relationship.

In addition to his wife, Ike is survived by 2 sons:  Daryl, husband of Marian Groff, Hershey, PA and Terry, husband of Judy Groff, Feasterville, PA; a daughter: Tessy, wife of Mark Hoffman, Mapleton Depot, PA; 4 brothers: Robert, Donald, Harold and Richard Groff; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Memorial service is scheduled for 10 am on Monday, August 31, 2020 at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road. Family will receive visitors in the foyer after the memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the benevolent funds of Calvary Homes, 502 Elizabeth Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 or the missions fund at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Condolences for the family of “Ira (Ike) S. Groff”

Condolence from Dan Shoemaker on August 21st, 2020 8:53 pm

Pauline and I pray for God’s Spirit to comfort you and your family at this difficult time. We love you!

Condolence from Beth Miller on August 21st, 2020 9:58 pm

What a tremendous legacy Ike has left. Truly a life well lived with genuine faith and a big heart. I’m praying for you all as you grieve such a heartbreaking loss.

Condolence from Henry and Cathy Heijermans on August 22nd, 2020 1:11 pm

Dear Esther and family,
Our lives have been enriched by our fellowship with Ike over the years of your life here at Calvary. It’s been a pleasure to have you as our friends and neighbors. We’ve seen only little of him in these final months and are saddened by the loss. May the Lord grant you His abundant comfort day by day. His grace is all-sufficient.
Henry and Cathy Heijermans

Condolence from Marti MacCullough on August 22nd, 2020 4:02 pm

To the entire family: I am so sorry to hear the news of Ike’s home going. He is forever healed and joyously in the presence of his Savior. May the Lord comfort your hearts as you grieve his loss. Warmly, Marti

Condolence from Melvin H. Thomas on August 23rd, 2020 2:29 pm

To family:

One could not ask for better neighbors than that of Lillian and Ira Groff; a noted family member of which was “Ike.” Our properties in New Danville were separated only by a hedge. Among the qualities our family appreciated in Ike was his trusted character, and, remarkable and creative gifts in carpentry.

My condolences as you navigate your way through life in his absence.


Mel Thoimas

Condolence from Deb Gerlach on August 23rd, 2020 3:05 pm

Dear Groff Family,
Heaven has received two Good Buddies this week. We are thankful for the friendship our dads, and families, shared over the past many years. May they rejoice along with the other Good Buddies that have preceded them. They have met the King of Kings. Blessings to you all.
Deb (Mylin) Gerlach

Condolence from D. Lorraine Kemery on August 23rd, 2020 6:53 pm

Sincere condolences to all the family of Ike’s passing. May God bring peace & comfort at this difficult time. My deepest sympathy ,prayers & good memories of frienship will never be forgotten. God bless.
Lorraine Kemery

Condolence from Bill & Bev Musser on August 24th, 2020 6:35 pm

P.T.L. Ike has a new body and is riding his Cushman all around Heaven. We will miss all the good times we spent with Ester and Ike as a best friends,neighbors, and brother and sister in Christ. Ester and family you know how much Pop was loved by everyone and how much he will be missed by all.Accept our deepest sincere Christian love during this time of loss . We will always cherish the Friday night pizza get togethers and still don’t know who was supposed to bring the chips and what card game we were playing .Love to all!

Condolence from Dorinda L Saul on August 25th, 2020 8:55 pm

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God fill you with His peace and comfort you.

Condolence from Susanne Geib on August 29th, 2020 7:13 pm

To the Groff family and freinds. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy.

Kevin and Sue Geib

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