Paul C. Grupp

Born: Friday, November 12, 1920
Passed: Monday, February 5, 2018

2/16/2018 | 2:00 pm -
Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center Chapel  , Rockford IL 
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On February 5, 2018, early in the morning, Paul C. Grupp's work on earth was over and he was taken to his Heavenly home that Jesus, God's only Son, had prepared for him. His earthly troubles are over and he is now resting in the presence of his Lord and Savior. He was at the Health Center of Fairhaven Christian Retirement Community. Paul had been a resident of the Fairhaven Community for over 24 years.

Paul C. Grupp was born in Kassel, Germany, on November 12, 1920, to Fred Grupp and Marie (Maurer) Grupp. In 1923, when he was three years old, his family came to the United State of America on the luxury cruise ship the SS George Washington. The family lived in Chicago and became citizens of the United States on June 20, 1929. His parents raised him in a loving Christian home and at 14 years of age, while attending Belmont Baptist Church, during an evening service, Paul accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.

Paul was unable to finish High School because of World War II. He was inducted into the Army on September 23, 1942, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. T5 Paul Grupp proudly served in the 1st Infantry Division, 745th Tank Battalion, Service Company. His mission was to drive ammunition and gasoline to the tanks at the front lines. As the war ended, his duties included driving prisoners to prison camps in the rear which enabled him to drive through Kassel, his place of birth. He returned to the United States, again on the SS George Washington. T5 Paul Grupp was honorably discharged on October 31, 1945, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was a member of the Society of the First Infantry Division and Life Member of the American Legion.

Paul finished High School in evening classes and got his High School Diploma from the Dodd Harris Schools, Inc., on January 27, 1947. While taking the evening classes he met Lorraine Leafstedt and they fell in love. On August 31, 1947 they were married in Sioux Falls, SD.

Paul completed his apprenticeship as a tool and die maker at Maxant Button and Supply Company on June 1, 1949. He continued to work for there as a tool and die maker and as Tool Room Foreman until he retired on December 31, 1984.

Paul and Lorraine were blessed by God with the heritage of three children: John, Janet and James. Not only was he a devoted father, he was a very devoted grandpa. He enjoyed fishing, playing games all of them, no matter where they lived. Even as he got older and could not travel he still kept touch with them through letters, social media and phone calls. Through the years he was active in the churches he attended, serving as Sunday School Superintendent, deacon, treasurer and church moderator. He was secretary for the Central Baptist Village in Norridge, IL, and treasurer of the Illinois Association of North American Baptist Churches. He enjoyed being on the church softball team, dart baseball team and bowling team.

Paul was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 113. While at Maxant's he became the recording secretary for the union, and became part time treasurer for Local 113 after Maxant's closed. His 26 years of work for the union ended when he moved to Fairhaven in June of 1993.

Paul and Lorraine moved into a duplex that Fairhaven had just built and designed for them. He volunteered to help in any way he could with activities at Fairhaven. He golfed and bowled with "The Fairlaners". He was often seen walking to Walmart or around the Fairhaven property. He became a member of Temple Baptist Church after moving to Rockford and was active in church activities there.

Paul is survived by: son John and (Kathy) Grupp of Willits, CA; daughter Janet and (Bob) Rail, of Eddyville, KY; son Rev. James and (Rosemary) Grupp of Goodrich, ND; brother Rolf and (Elaine) Grupp of Oviedo, FL; sister Dorothy Stolt of Naperville, IL; and sister-in-laws, Ethel Grupp and Betty Grupp both of Batavia, IL. There are 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by: his loving wife Lorraine Grupp; mother Marie Grupp; father Fred Grupp; brothers Alfred, William, Harry and Fred; sisters Charlotte Schoff and Marion Grupp and brother-in-laws Hal Stolt and Art Schoff.

Memorial Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Fairhaven Retirement Center Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to The Gideons, Salvation Army, and Sioux Falls Seminary, Kairos Project. (This project reduces the cost of seminary education for seminary students throughout the world.)

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