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P.O. Box 336
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Phone: 717-532-2211
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Gerald Groce

Gerald A. "Jerry" Groce

Friday, August 30th, 1946 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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Gerald A. “Jerry” Groce, 73, of Newburg, departed this life on the morning of Friday, July 24, 2020, at his home.

He was born on August 30, 1946, in Carlisle, the son of the late Levi and Pearl (Diehl) Groce. Jerry married Peggy Y. Bounds on October 19, 1968, in the Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Jerry was a graduate of Shippensburg Senior High School, as well as Shippensburg State Teachers College, where he earned a master’s degree in biology. He went on to teach biology at the Big Spring High School for thirty-seven years, retiring in 2005.

Jerry was a member of the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg, serving in many capacities over the years. In his free time you could probably find him outdoors and/or working on some type of project. Jerry could always be counted on to know the answer to just about any type of question on any subject or to be able to figure out how to fix or build something. He was a very well rounded man, who not much of anything was ever lost on. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, riding his bicycle, walking his dogs, and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife of fifty-two years, Peggy, he is survived by two daughters, Michele Duda and husband Brian of Avondale and Danielle Mason and husband Andrew of Hagerstown; and four grandchildren, Michaela and Aidan Duda and Jaden and Walker Mason. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

His funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc., Shippensburg. A memorial service will be held at a future date and time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church or to the Scleroderma Research Foundation.
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Shirley Weller

Posted at 04:26pm
While our hearts ache for Peggy, Michele, Danielle and the extended family, we are assured Jerry has been welcomed into The Lord's Heavenly Realm. His lifelong devotion and dedication to Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, his family, his friends and his students has been recorded. Jerry's reward is a peace that passes all understanding. He will now soar as on the wings of eagles as he sings in God's Heavenly Choir.

Jeanette McCans

Posted at 09:18pm
Peggy, so sorry for your loss. Prayers are going your way for you and your family.
Jeanette McCans.

Sharon Raubenstine

Posted at 12:07pm
I was in the same graduating class as Jerry. I am so sorry for your loss. Made Gods peace be with you and your family at this time.
Sharon "Perry" Raubenstine - Salina, Kansas

Mary Cay Hess

Posted at 06:17pm
I taught with Jerry at BSSHS for a long time. When I think of him, I always see his smiling face. I can't remember very many times when he didn't have a smile. I am so sorry for your loss. You have my very deepest sympathy.

Beth Myers Stambaugh Posted at 01:00pm

Mr. Groce was one of my teachers at Big Spring. He was one of the good ones. My sympathies to his family for your loss.

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