William Oliver 'Bill' Grove, 98
Warren Oliver “Bill” Grove, 98, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020, at the Prairie Hills Cedar Rapids Senior Living.
He was born in Ionia, Iowa, on November 28, 1921, son of Abner and Julia (Schoenfield) Grove.
Bill was a graduate of New Hampton High School with the Class of 1939.
He married Betty Rogers on September 2, 1945 at New Hartford United Methodist Church.
The couple made their first home in Ionia, where he farmed and she worked as a telegrapher for the railroad. After Bill went to work for the Illinois Central Railroad as an agent, they moved with relative frequency throughout Iowa, as well as Jackson and Memphis, Tennessee, and Rockford, Illinois, and Chicago.
When it came time to retire, they settled in New Hartford where they built a beautiful berm house and wintered in Mesa, Arizona.
Bill was an avid collector of railroad memorabilia as well as National Geographic Magazine.
He enjoyed cooking and also collected cook books. Bill had a passion for filming home movies as well as print and slide photography.
He was an avid reader of Westerns, especially, classics such as Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour.
Bill lived a full life and left many happy memories for his nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 67 years, Betty; brothers, Laurence, Roy, Glenn, Lynn, Charles and Grant Grove; and sister, Hazel Hanley.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church of New Hartford and condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.