Jerry Robert Groom
Jerry Robert Groom, age 59, of Harrisonville, MO, passed away at KU Medical Center on Friday, October 22, 2010. Jerry was born December 10, 1950 in Smithville, Missouri. He spent his early childhood in the Gower and Stewartsville, Missouri area and later in Independence, MO. His parents were Floyd Edard (“Ted”) Groom and Margaret Mildred Donelson Groom. Jerry was the 13th child of 16 children.
He married his wife of 25 years, Linda Davis Eason Groom on September 12, 1985 at his mother’s home in Independence, MO. Jerry had three step-children, Lenton E. Eason IV (“Bud”) of Harrisonville, MO, Richard M. Eason of El Dorado Springs, MO, Joan M. and husband Buril W. Hardin of El Dorado Springs, MO.
Jerry graduated from Truman High School in Independence, MO and immediately went into the military service. He was a Navy veteran and served in the Vietnam War. Jerry was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration for over 30 years. He was a member of VFW Post 4409 of Harrisonville, MO.
Jerry enjoyed his animals, fishing, working in his vegetable and flower gardens and was especially proud of his rose garden. He was looking forward to retirement and moving to the farm in the El Dorado Springs area.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Harrison and Floyd, three brothers-in-law Bill O’Connor, Charles Hartman and James (“Wimpy)” Hollar.
He is survived by his wife Linda, step-children Bud, Richard, Joan and husband Buril. Grandchildren Ashley, Buddy, Cody, Cassie, Cherise, Talon and Larissa and Great Grandchild Landon. Sisters Lucille O’Connor, Helen Hartman, Dixie Hollar, Barbara Prosser and husband Bob, Bonnie Shaw and husband Jerry, Carol Johnson and husband Bill, Joan Herring and husband Carrol, Sherry Barron and husband Harold, Janie Veach and husband Randy, Joyce Clay and husband Mike, and Kathy Cockrum and husband Troy. Brothers Jim and wife Norma, George and wife Becky, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home on Tuesday October 26th. The funeral will be held at the Church of Christ on Wednesday, October 27th at 1:30 p.m. with David Studer officiating. Interment will follow in the Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Bud Eason, Richard Eason, Talon Hardin, Jim Groom, Harold Barron and Mike Clay. Honorary Pallbearers are Buril Hardin, Landon Hardin, George Groom and Norm Donelson.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Harrisonville VFW Post 4409, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or Fair Haven Children’s Home and sent to the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.