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Gary Grove

Canton – Gary Grove, 78, of Canton, passed away at 4:40 PM on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. He was born on August 3, 1940 to Cecil Gayle and Josephine (Busby) Grove then raised by Cecil Gayle and his second wife Jessie Mae Pickel. He married Mary Ellen Neville on August 25, 1959 until her death in 1986. Gary married Sandra Malone-Collins on June 3, 1994, she survives.

He was a loving father to 7 children, Christopher (Jeannette) Grove, Kathy (Steve) Graham, Carol (Pete) Sergeant, Timothy (Tracy) Grove, Barbara “Buffy” (Matthew) Barlow, Cora (Joe) Fross, Joshua (Megan) Grove. He was also a loving step-father to 4 children, James A. (Angie) Collins, Luther A. (Laurie) Collins Jr., Timothy Collins, and Jeanine L. (John) Lund. Papa Grove will be missed by 27 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are five brothers, Bob, Dick, Mike, Chuck, and Greg Grove; and two sisters, Sandra Stoneking and Enola Mathis.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Mary, one brother, Jim Grove, and one sister, Rosemary Hinderliter.

Gary retired from Caterpillar after 30 years, and also worked 15 years at Illinois Weld & Machine in Hanna City. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. Gary was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears Fan. He was truly loved by many.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. Father Daniel Ebker will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to OSF Hospice. To view Gary’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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    Reply February 4, 2019 6:37 pm

    I am so sorry for you all lost. i new Gary for a long time. we worked at cat and paid cards toghter. he was and is a good old boy. Floyd ED SMITH.

  • Susan rumler Todd can

    Reply February 4, 2019 9:01 pm

    Our condolences to all the family of Gary, we have lost touch with our extended family as we grow older, but still have fond memories of earlier times spent together, god speed Gary! Susan rumler Todd and husband david

  • Jeff Terrell

    Reply February 5, 2019 1:03 am

    Tim, this is Jeff Terrell. I’m so sorry to hear about your father. Get ahold of me through Facebook and I’ll get you my phone # So sorry for your loss🙏🏼

  • Carol, Bud & Darla, Lori and son Zach

    Reply February 5, 2019 12:09 pm

    We are keeping you all in our prayers. May God comfort you and give you strength.

  • Dawn Graham Morgan

    Reply February 5, 2019 12:38 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. If you know one Grove, you know the whole family and it was what Gary loved the most, his family. I admired that about him.

  • Rick and Kathy Heller

    Reply February 5, 2019 1:39 pm

    Cora and Joe and family we are so sorry for your loss! We will continue to keep your family in our prayers.

  • David Ubell

    Reply February 5, 2019 2:18 pm

    My deepest sympathies to all of the Grove family

  • Julie (Kilpatrick) Helle

    Reply February 5, 2019 3:38 pm

    My heartfelt prayers for peace and comfort are with you all.
    Cherish ypur memories until you meet again

  • Jada & Brad Mosburg

    Reply February 5, 2019 7:48 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary was my Mom and Dad’s neighbor, and our friend. Always willing to lend a hand, an ear, and a smile. After my parents passed, my husband and I spent a lot of time getting their home ready to sell. Gary would see our vehicle and come over and chat. We appreciated him and just thought the world of him. May God give you all peace and comfort.

  • Bruce Nimmo

    Reply February 5, 2019 7:52 pm

    Grove Family, so sorry for your loss. I worked with Gary and have many warm memories of him. He was a great guy!!!

  • Larry Bartosik

    Reply February 6, 2019 9:01 am


    So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. My prayers are with you and your Family.

  • Lety

    Reply February 6, 2019 3:56 pm

    My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. It is never easy to lose a parent, no matter their age. I pray for your peace and comfort during this difficult period

  • Larry Warden

    Reply February 6, 2019 9:16 pm

    My sincere condolences Grove family.

  • Todd Hinderliter

    Reply February 7, 2019 2:56 pm

    Our hearts are saddened to hear of your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Grove family.

  • Scott Waldbusser

    Reply February 8, 2019 9:59 am

    Josh & family – So sorry for your loss; prayers to you all and God Bless.

  • Carol Unger

    Reply February 9, 2019 4:28 pm

    I have known Gary since before he met Mary. Mary and I were best friends. We three went to many events together. He was a great guy. I sure he will be greatly missed by family and friends,

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