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Dr. George D. Groce
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Obituary for Dr. George D. Groce

Dr. George D. Groce, 89, of Fulton passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018.

He was born in Festus, Missouri on August 29, 1928 to the late David Oty Groce and the late Lucille Margaret (Blattner) Groce.

On September 8, 1951, George married Mary “Jane” (Littrell) Groce. She preceded him in death on December 9, 2015, following 64 years of marriage.

At the age of 17, George completed all requirements to become an Eagle Scout, an accomplishment he was very proud of. He attended Westminster College and St. Louis University Medical School.

Following a two year enlistment in the United States Air Force, where he worked at Scott Air Force Base Hospital, Dr. Groce and his beloved wife Jane moved to Fulton where he opened his first private practice. During his 50 plus years of practice, Dr. Groce treated numerous patients and delivered many babies in Callaway County. He was known as an excellent and thorough physician who worked long hours to ensure his patients were well cared for.

While his medical practice didn’t allow much time for relaxation and hobbies, Dr. Groce enjoyed fly fishing, golfing and playing tennis. He did find time to obtain his pilot’s license and enjoyed taking his family for plane rides. Along with Jane, George owned art galleries in Fulton and Jefferson City.

George’s memory will be treasured by his daughter Amy Craddock of Fulton. He will be missed by his grandchildren who knew him as Poppa, Matthew, Jennifer, and Abby Craighead; and great-grandchildren, Adrianna, and Macy. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Bob Porter of St. Charles; long-time, special friends, Earl and Pat O’Rourke, and Lenora Gibson; several nieces and nephews; and a lengthy list of friends.

Along with his parents and wife, Dr. Groce was preceded in death by son, Tom David Groce; sister, Margaret Lee “Maggie” Sample; and sister-in-law, Bette Porter.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Maupin Funeral Home in Fulton with Pastor Bruce Williamson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Callaway Hills Animal Shelter or CARD-V, c/o Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Boulevard, Fulton, MO 65251.

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