Russell Lewis Groves, 78, of Penn Laird, Va., passed away at his home on May 3, 2013, following a long illness.
He was born on Feb. 9, 1935, in Fauquier County, Va., a son of the late Otoway Groves and Pearl Smith Groves of Remington. He lived most of his life in Springfield, Va., and the past 20 years in Penn Laird with his wife, Helen Freeman Groves.
Mr. Groves was an owner/operator of service stations in Fairfax County and Weyers Cave, Va., until his retirement in 2001. Following that, he worked summers at Heritage Oak Golf Course in Harrisonburg.
Russell was a graduate of Bealeton High School, where he enjoyed and played the game of baseball for the school team. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing. He was a devoted Redskins and Nats fan and followed all sports on television until his demise. He received recognition for coaching Little League softball in his early years.
He was a member of Massanutten Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, where he attended faithfully with his wife until his health declined.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Janice Groves Maioli, Nancy Groves Metzgar and husband, Scott, Patricia Groves Rigol and husband, Joe, Wendy Groves Canter and husband, Michael, Russell Groves and wife, Morven and Shelly Groves Rakip and husband, Mark. He is also survived by two stepsons, Emmett R. Heltzel and wife, Lynn, and Mark B. Heltzel and wife, Lori; three sisters, Elizabeth Groves Hoffman, Dorothy Groves Utz and Alice Groves Hanson; one brother, John F. Groves; 10 grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one great-stepgrandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Moser Funeral Home, 233 Broadview Ave., Warrenton, Va. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the Remington Cemetery, Remington, Va. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. that day at Massanutten Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Massanutten Presbyterian Church, 50 Indian Trail Road, Penn Laird, VA 22846, American Lung Association, 9702 Gayton Road, #110, Richmond, VA 23238-4907, or to Sentara Hospice Services, Rockingham Office, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Online condolences may be made at www.moserfuneralhome.com .