William Kenneth Groff, Sr. joined his parents, Nelda V. (Sheaffer) and Richard V. Groff, and brothers, Richard E. and John E. Groff, in heaven on May 5, 2018. He was born in Lancaster on February 6, 1934. He was a dedicated and proud citizen of the Red Rose city and raised his family here.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Phyllis J. Groff (Miller). He is also survived by his sister, Judy A. Minder of Lancaster; his son William K. Groff, Jr. and his wife of Lancaster; his daughter, Deborah J. Sherr, widowed, of Lancaster; his son, Wyatt E. Groff and his wife of Maytown; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
Bill attended and received a GED from John Piersol McCaskey. He was a retired foreman of Kerr Glass Manufacturing of Lancaster and was also a retired Sexton of Grace United Methodist Church in Millersville. He was a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church of East Petersburg (formerly of Lancaster). Bill was a member of the Travelers Club of Lancaster and both the Seventh Ward and Eight Ward Clubs of Lancaster.
You could find Bill in his blue and white every Saturday in the fall. He always found a way to watch Penn State Football- he never missed a game. He enjoyed attending many games at Happy Valley and went to numerous bowl games with his wife and friends.
Bill never hid his McCaskey pride and he could often be found at McCaskey sporting events. Some of those games included his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. His grandchildren could always find his face in the stands at their games or school events (even if it wasn’t for McCaskey).
Bill also took an active role in sports and played second base for Kerr Glass in the Lancaster Industrial Softball League. He coached the Lancaster Angels in the Red Rose Softball League and would always be there to offer players a cup of water after an injury. His love of football led him to coach midget football for the Lancaster Presidents for many years.
Bill was a family man who will be missed by many. We take comfort in the fact that he is now having a cup of decaf coffee with his lifelong friend, Jack Wendler.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604.
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.