Jun 27, 2014 - StaffRobert "Bob" Groathouse, of Riverton, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. He was 66 years old.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Davis Funeral Home. Pastor David Maguder will officiate.
Robert Groathouse was born Aug. 17, 1947, in Lander, the son of Vernon Orval and Hilda (Haun) Groathouse. He was one of three children. As a child he lived in Pavillion and then Lander before moving to Laramie. He graduated from Laramie Senior High School and took classes at Central Wyoming College.
After his high school graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served his country for almost two years, before being injured and receiving the Purple Heart along with various other accommodations and medals.
After returning from the war, he worked as a correctional officer at Wyoming State Penitentiary, FMC Trona mine in Green River, a uranium mine in Sweetwater County, the Forest Service in Jackson, security in Fort Collins, Colo., City Market in Green River, Smith's Food and Drug in Riverton, Community Entry Services in Riverton and Lander, and finally at Fremont County Weed and Pest, retiring in 2011.
He lived in many places and settled in Riverton roughly 19 years ago.
His family said he enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hiking and camping. He did lapidary work using rock tumbling to make jewelry. He loved spending time with friends and family.
He is survived by his children, Dhana Groathouse of Riverton and Shannon Groathouse-Christensen; grandchildren Noah Groathouse, Kalei Groathouse, Bryana Christensen and Brayden Christensen; brother James Groathouse of Riverton; and sister Jeannie Groathouse-Hiltz of Salt Lake City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon O. and Hilda Haun Groathouse.
Memorials may be made to Help for Health Hospice Home in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.
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