Larry F. Groth,Sr. age 78 of Plymouth, passed away on June 27, 2020.
Larry was born in South Lyon, Michigan to his parents, Charles and Donna (née Sayre) Groth. He is the beloved and devoted husband of 38 years to Sandra; loving father of Larry (Kristi) Groth, Jr., Stephanie (Louis) Carney, and Timothy Groth; proud grandfather of Alyssa Groth, Ryan Groth, Tyler Groth, Jacob Carney, Emily Carney, Lilly Carney, and Alissa (Scott) Carruth; great-grandfather of Brayden and Skyler. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his brothers, Richard Groth and Paul (Linda) Groth, his sisters-in-law, Brenda (James) Dingman, Darla (Kevin) LaForge , Glenda Halstead and the late Lisa Bear. Dear brother-in-law of Mark Bear. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Larry moved from South Lyon to Plymouth in 1950 and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1960. He joined the City of Plymouth Fire Department in 1960 until 1965. He then joined the Plymouth Township Fire Department in 1965. In 1979, he was promoted and remained Fire Chief until his retirement in 2003.
To say that Larry loved his career as a Firefighter is an understatement. Larry lived and breathed the career he loved for over forty years. Firefighters are heroes. They are courageous and they know that there’s a chance that things might not go their way. They push through and do it anyway. Being a firefighter means more than just battling blazes. Larry was a hero, he was courageous and he was a mentor to so many. It takes a special kind of person to become a firefighter. Whether Larry had to run through a burning building, cut a driver out of a vehicle at an accident scene, or teach children about fire safety, he knew that his job was not about the glory, but more about how many lives you can change.
Friends may visit the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 South Main Street, Plymouth on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 1:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.
By the request of the family, a Funeral Service will be held and will be attended by family only.
Please be advised that in observance of the governmental order from the State of Michigan, we will be limiting visitation gatherings to 10 people at any one time. When in attendance, we kindly ask, for the safety and well-being of the families we serve and for your health, that everyone practice social distancing and consideration for other guests in attendance by wearing a mask and keeping your visit brief.
Sign up sheets will be available at Schrader Howell Funeral Home at the Wednesday, July 1 visitation for you to indicate your intent to attend the memorial service at Praise Community Church where you will be in the vestibule to see the live streaming of the service.
You may also follow and be a part of the procession to Mount Hope Memorial Gardens without actually attending the interment. The number of people and cars is extremely limited due to Covid restrictions. Entrance to the cemetery may be refused if the number of vehicles is too large.
For everyone's convenience, you can see the live stream video on the Schrader Howell website.
Those who wish to honor Larry’s memory are invited to consider a contribution that will allow his family to create a Larry F Groth Scholarship Fund for future firefighters at the Schoolcraft College Fire Academy.