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Obituary for Richard B. Groharing
RICHARD B. "DICK" GROHARING, 74, of 15950 Timberlane Road, Morrison, IL, died Sunday, August 26, 2007 at the University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, IL. Dick was born April 26, 1933, in Morrison, IL, to Clyde E. and Hallie B. (Kenyon) Groharing. He was educated in the Morrison schools, graduating in 1951. In 1955 he received his BS in Building Construction from Bradley University. He married Rachel J. Ottens on August 6, 1954 in Morrison. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 and was stationed in Heilbronn, West Germany. Dick was president of Groharing Mason Contractors, Inc. in Morrison from 1958 to 1997, and also president of Groharing Construction Services, Inc. from 1984 until 1997. He was a member of Morrison Christian Reformed Church and served as deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He had an active role in many community and civic organizations, including the Morrison Chamber of Commerce as president and secretary; as vice president and secretary of the Morrison Rotary Club; as a founding board member and president of the Morrison United Way; on the Steering Committee of the Community Unit School District and also the district boards of both Morrison High School and Morrison Grade School. Dick was active in the community college movement on the local, state and national level and was secretary and president of the Sauk Valley Community College Foundation Board and Board of Trustees where he was their representative to the Illinois Community Collage Trustees Association. He was also a member of the ICCTA, and had served as vice president, president and chair for many committees, and was an ICCTA Mentor. In 1997 he was appointed to the first City of Morrison Historic Preservation Commission serving as chair. The Commission was responsible for several community projects, including new lampposts for Main Street and a veteran"s memorial for the Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. He received the ICCTA Trustee Award in 1993, the ICCTA Ray Hartstein Achievement Award in 1994, the M. Dale Ensign Award for lifelong community service in 1995, and the ICCTA"s highest accolade, an Honorary Lifetime Membership. In his historical research, Dick discovered that his family is descendants of Pilgrim George Soule, originally brought to this county on the Mayflower. Survivors include his wife, Rachel; two sons, Tom (Wendy) Groharing of Fulton, IL and Andrew "Drew" (Lisa) Groharing of Mt. Prospect, IL; six grandchildren, Tyler, Seth, Brenton, Ethan, Dylan and Brittany Groharing. He was preceded in death by his parents.
FUNERAL SERVICE 10:30 AM, Wednesday " August 29, 2007 at the Morrison Christian Reformed Church " Morrison, ILOFFICIATING Rev. Dr. James A. Camp VISITATION 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday " August 28, 2007 at the Morrison Chapel " Bosma-Renkes Funeral HomeINTERMENT Grove Hill Cemetery " Morrison, IL