Neil G. Grove

October 25, 1942 - October 3, 2020
David J. Jansen
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Neil G. Grove, 78, of Parsons died at 12:05 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020 in the Emergency Department at Labette Health. He was able to enjoy one last ride with his wife in his Ford Bronco.

He was born on July 25, 1942 in rural Cherokee County Kansas to Lloyd E. and Dorothy Lorene (Beecham) Grove. He first attended Star Country School, then West Mineral Elementary School before graduating from Columbus High School. Following graduation, he farmed with his father. He later moved to St. Louis where he worked in a sheet metal factory. In 1979, he returned to McCune and worked with his father farming. He also worked at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center until retiring in 2003.

Neil was a lifelong Cowboy, a collector of Coca-Cola memorabilia, Harley Davidson caps, and enjoyed his Ford Bronco and pickup truck.

He was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed spending time with his family.

On January 16, 1965, he and Rita C. Haynes were married at the Christian Church in Worden, Illinois. She survives of the home.


His wife of 55 years, Rita Grove of the home

One Daughter – Kelly Ann Malle and her husband Larry of Cherokee, Kansas

Three grandchildren – Haley Malle, Jamie Nichole Malle, and Brandon Malle and his wife Jennifer

One Brother – James Grove and his wife Beverly of Moore, Oklahoma

In addition to his parents, Neil was preceded on death by one daughter, Julie Lorine Grove on March 14, 1988.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at the Church of Christ, 2900 Briggs in Parsons.

Friends may call at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to view and sign the register book.

The funeral can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. For all events, wearing masks and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Burial will take place in Borland Cemetery in rural Cherokee County.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Church of Christ Disaster Relief. These may be left at or mailed to the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home P.o. Box 374, Parsons, Kansas 67357.