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Robert H. Grove, 88

July 25, 2007

JAN. 2, 1919-JULY 23, 2007

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Robert H. Grove, 88, of 57 N. Fayette St., died Monday, July 23, 2007, at Penn Hall Nursing Center in Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Jan. 2, 1919, in Franklin County, Pa., he was the son of the late John Grove and Rhoda (Huber) Grove.

He was a 1937 graduate of St. Thomas High School before going to business college.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He served during the Korean War.

He owned Community Refuse Service in Mercersburg, Montgomery Township Landfill and Cumberland County Landfill.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mercersburg, where he served as a Lay Delegate to the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Central Pennsylvania, and was a past president of the Official Board.

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He served on the Tuscarora School Board for many years.

He was past president of the Valley Bank Board of Directors and a board member emeritus of Sentry Trust. He was a member of the Franklin County Development Authority, George Washington Lodge 0143, Chambersburg, Pa., National Sojourners PenMar Chapter 532, Waynesboro, Pa., and South Penn Scottish Rite Club.

He is survived by his wife, Esther (Wise) Grove, whom he married on Nov. 27, 1948; four children, Michael R. Grove of Shippensburg, Pa., Joseph D. Grove of Houston, Timothy A. Grove of Chambersburg and Robin G. Vink of Chambersburg; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one infant sister, Janice Grove, one sister, Mary Elizabeth Stahl, and one brother, Samuel E. Grove.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mercersburg, Pa. The Rev. Michael L. Baughman will officiate with the Rev. Dr. Samuel Sheffler assisting. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Mercersburg.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home in Mercerscburg. There will also be visitation one hour before the services at the church. Military honors will be conducted by the Charles Nitterhouse Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Capital Fund, 11 N. Fayette St., Mercersburg, PA 17236.

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