December 31, 1921 ~ May 11, 2020

Born in: Aurora, Oregon
Resided in: Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Richard (Dick) Harrison Grupp, 98, of Wheat Ridge, CO passed away May 11, 2020 at Mountain Vista Living Center.

He was born in Aurora, Oregon on December 31, 1921. He was the son of Flossie (Robbins) and Joe Grupp.

The family moved to Noti, Oregon where Dick helped them farm and ranch. He also worked with his Grandpa Robbins in the logging business. The family went back many summers, living in a tent house in the woods to help his grandpa with the logging operations after his move to Denver.

With World War II coming, Dick joined the Army in August of 1940. He served with the Asiatic Pacific Group stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. At the end of the war, he was sent to Cheyenne, WY for training as a meat cutter. On a trip to Denver CO for training , he met his future wife of 62 years, Frances Mary Gerze. They were married September 11, 1944. They lived in Cheyenne until his discharge from the Army, in August of 1945.

They then moved to Denver (Globeville) where Dick worked in the meat packing plants for the next 35 years. He then worked as a custodian at the Jefferson County Public Schools until his retirement.

Dick loved his family very much. He was willing to work very difficult jobs to take care of them. In his leisure time he loved to be outside. He really enjoyed family visits, fishing, hunting, vegetable and flower gardening, and cooking. Well into his 90’s it was common to find stacks and stacks of his homemade pizzelles in his kitchen at Christmas, or to find him working on his prized Hibiscus flower in the summer. He also loved watching the Bronco football games, and old western movies. Fiercely independent he enjoyed these things and many others at home until he moved into Mountain Vista at the age of 96.

He is survived by his four children, Frances (Jim) Bingham, Richard (Chris) Grupp, Robert (Bethany) Grupp, and Georgia (Dean) Teter; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is and will be missed forever.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances; his sister, Pauline Smith, and her husband Clarence.

There will be a Visitation for Richard on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 1pm to 4pm at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 W. 80th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80003 (Please note, due to Covid restrictions, we are limited to 50 people total within our facility. We ask that you please wait in your cars until guests leave and you can then enter. Masks are required.) A Celebration of Life will be held on June 5, 2020 at 1pm but will also be limited to 50 people of the family’s choosing. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery but will also be limited to 30 people of the family’s choosing.

Donations may be made in Richard’s name to Food Bank of the Rockies, 10700 East 45th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80239.

Please share memories of Richard and condolences with his family by signing the online guestbook below.

Services

Visitation: June 4, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003


Celebration of Life: June 5, 2020 1:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003


Graveside Service: June 5, 2020 2:30 pm

Mount Olivet Cemetery
12801 W. 44th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


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  1. I was a neighbor on Upham street, and walked my dog every day by Mr Grupp’s house and loved to stop and talk to him, he was such a dear man. He grew the biggest and most beautiful Hibiscus in the town, even took a picture of him with them on year so he could admire them all year! Loved to take him an Amaarylis plant at Christmas time, and chat with him. Sure did mis him when he moved to Mountain View. I worked as a lay assistant to Mrs. Slater at Martensen school, and we had Georgia in class, and understand she went on to be a teacher. My deepest sympathy to the family, and may Richard rest in peace. Sincerely, Marilyn Roll

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  2. Bunnie, Ricky, Bobby and Georgia
    Just wanted to send my deepest sympathy of the loss of your father. He was an easy person to talk to and loved to visit with him and share family memories. I hope you all share a memory or two about our huge extended family get-togethers! He was a great polka dance in his day! Love you all! Your cousin-Renee

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  3. Dad,
    I love you dearly and miss you each day. Thank you for all you have done for me over my lifetime. May you walk in peace in Heaven’s garden with your loved ones that went on before you.

    With love ,
    Your Baby Girl

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  4. Dick,,,,, my dear uncle
    I miss you and your wit everyday ou had a great gift of joke telling and bull—-
    You taught me allot about gardening and fishing !!! We had some great times .
    I know you are happy now being with Frances and the rest of your family
    So have fun and dance away

    Love your niece Donna

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  5. Dear Dad,
    Many miles separated us but never separated the love you shared with all of your children. So many years have passed but family memories will last thru our life times. We wish for you plentiful fishing grounds,
    beautiful flowers growing and out-stretched arms of loved ones who wait for you. Your greatest gift to us was the home you provided and the love you showed. You will be missed and always much loved.
    Fran (Bunnie)

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  6. Rich: Nadine and I would like to express our deepest condolences at the loss of your father. He worked every day to support and love his family.

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  7. Robert and Bethany,
    Bob your dad left us far to soon and we all remember him with love and respect and shall
    Miss him.

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  8. I have SO many great memories that I will always hold dear to my heart, from both Grandpa and Grandma. I have lots of great pictures that I will share with your grandkids and make sure they get to all the cool story’s about you. I will miss you, but I will trust that God is watching over you !

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  9. Grandpa,

    We miss you and will remember your door was always open, and you welcomed family and friends with open arms. Now you get to be welcomed with open arms. We love you.

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  10. Grandapa Rich,

    I will always remember our family trips to Colorado to see you and Grandma. I remember all the trips to go fishing and camping with you and the rest of the family. I will never forget the positive memories you were a part of. I love you.

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  11. So many fond memories of visits with Uncle Dick. And the stories my mom & dad would share of fun (& sometimes harrowing) adventures and good times with Uncle Dick & Aunt Frances were always “interesting” to say the least! But his fierce pride & love for his family were always front & center…..
    No doubt his Heavenly family eagerly greeted him there.
    Surely his jokes (the nice ones), laughter, kindness and many talents will live on through his Earthly family here.
    Prayers for God blessings and comfort,
    Peace & Love, Sharon

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