Services for Dennis "Leon" Groth will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at the Belton Area Chamber Of Commerce.
Mr. Dennis L. Groth died on Friday, May 19, 2023 at his home.
Dennis "Leon" Groth was born on August 8, 1941 to Mr. Omer Henry Groth and Mary Joyce (Smith) Groth in Hobart, Oklahoma. During WWII at a young age his father brought the family to San Antonio, Texas and was raised in traditional Baptist customs. "Leon" was a proud graduate of Brackenridge High School class of 1960. During his Junior year in Algebra 4 class, he fell in love at first sight with Evelyne Marie-Joyce Coleman. Upon graduating high school, and keeping Evelyne close to his heart, he enlisted in August 1960 into the U.S. Navy and completed his basic training at Bainbridge, Maryland. He served on the USS Savage and was stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco, California. Upon returning home, he worked with his father in the weather-stripping business. Fate stepped in and in 1987 their paths crossed again; and on December 18, 1988, they happily married. Together they started their life in San Antonio. Leon wore many hats in his lifetime, from being a veteran, owning his own business to working with the Bexar County Reserve Sheriff's Department. After retiring they moved to Sunrise Beach, where Leon served as a volunteer firefighter until 2021. In April of 2021, they moved to Belton to be closer to family. Leon truly enjoyed life, he traveled, learned to scuba dive and even did some drag racing in his younger years. Two of his indulgences were chocolate ice cream and an occasional rum and Coke. He will be remembered for his traditional values that has paved the way for his family.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Evelyne Marie-Joyce (Coleman) Groth; three sons, Jeff Stanley, John Stanley, James "Jim" Stanley Jr. and wife Sandra; one daughter, Anita Whisenant; two sisters, Ruby Joyce Johnson, Linda Umphlett and husband Bob; fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Faye Groth and one son, Jeremy Stanley.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to a charity of your choice.
A special thank you to Liz Hattenbach for her passion for Body Donation to Science program and to the staff at Baylor Scott & White Hospice especially Logan, RN for their compassionate services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina Young at Young's Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center in Temple, TX.