Died at home in St. Paul 12/16/12. Born 10/20/31 in Lake Mills, Iowa to Orin and Mabel Groe. He was very proud of his achievement as an Eagle Scout. Graduated from Lake Mills High School and University of Iowa. Served in the U.S. Air Force for 5 years as a jet fighter pilot achieving the rank of Captain. Following an honorable discharge, he served in the Air National Guard for 4 years. Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia Lubbers. Survived by loving wife of 52 years, Evelyn; brother, Jim (Betty) Groe and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral service 11 AM Thursday 12/20/12 at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1583 Radio Dr., Woodbury with visitation 1 hour prior to service, all at church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Animal Ark in Hastings, MN or King of Kings Lutheran Church. Family and friends will cherish his memory.