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Vernon 'Vern' Groathouse

Apr 17, 2013 - Staff

Vernon "Vern" Groathouse, of Riverton, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Wind River Health Care. He was 92 years old.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor David Magruder officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. A viewing will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Davis Funeral Home.

Vernon Orval Groathouse was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Fairbury, Neb., the son of George and Ethel (Harrington) Groathouse. He spent his younger years living in southeastern Nebraska before the family moved to Wyoming. He attended schools in Fremont County and worked on the family farm.

He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the VFW.

He also was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Riverton.

On Nov. 10, 1946, he married Hilda Haun in Riverton. Together they raised two boys and one girl. He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation and at the Uranium mines in Jeffery City.

Later he worked for the school district in Laramie for 30 years before moving back to Pavillion in 1985 where he worked for the town of Pavillion. A few years later he finally fully retired. In 2005 he and his wife purchased a home in Riverton and moved to the city. In 2010 they moved to Homestead Assisted Living where they both lived until Mrs. Groathouse died in November 2010.

His family said he loved to read Western books, the author Louis L'Amour being one of his favorites. He also enjoyed getting outdoors, fishing and camping. Playing cards was an extracurricular activity that he thoroughly enjoyed, and his favorites were pinochle and cribbage. Above all things, he truly enjoyed having a cup of coffee and visiting with family and friends.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Groathouse and James Groathouse, both of Riverton; daughter Jeannie Groathouse-Hiltz of Salt Lake City; grandchildren Shannon and John Christensen, Dhana and Julie Groathouse, Rachella Hiltz, and Kevin and Misty Hiltz; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parent, his wife, and three brothers, Earl Groathouse, Charles Groathouse and Perle Groathouse.

Memorials may be made to Homestead Assisted Living in care of Davis Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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