Larry Laverne Groff, 73, pastor at Martindale Mennonite, owned, operated Larry L. Groff & Sons

By on September 27, 2017

Larry Laverne Groff, 73, went home to be with the Lord early Tuesday morning, Sept. 19, 2017, at Keystone Villa in Ephrata, where he resided with his lovely wife: Leah Lucille (Martin) Groff.

Born in Reamstown, Larry lived most of his life in the Denver/Schoeneck area, where he was an excavator and a general contractor by trade. He owned and operated Larry L. Groff and Sons which continues on by his son, Elvin A. Groff.

Larry served as pastor at Martindale Mennonite Church in Martindale for 18 years, and he loved helping those in need. He traveled abroad to several countries and to numerous states to assist in rebuilding projects following natural disasters. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin and being with his family. Larry was a devoted member of the Martindale Mennonite Church. He served for many years as a school board member of Gehmans Mennonite School and Terre Hill Mennonite High School. He will be greatly missed by his family, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Larry is survived by his wife: Lucille, with whom he shared 52 years of married life. Larry and Lucille have five children: Marilyn of Talmage, married to Lloyd Martin; Margaret of Denver, married to Brian Martin; Kevin of Bradford, married to Sheila (Brubaker) Groff; Philip of New Holland, married to Sharon (Gehman) Groff; and Elvin of Stevens, married to Jennifer (Stauffer) Groff; 20 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren:

In addition he is survived by five brothers: Richard Groff of Lititz; Donald, Kenneth, Marvin, and Paul Groff, all of Stevens; and a sister: Martha Jane (Groff) Burkholder of Stevens.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Harold and Mary Jane Groff; two brothers: Harold Jr. and Robert Groff; and two granddaughters, Alisha and Ashley Martin.

Services were held Sept. 23 at Martindale Mennonite Church, Ephrata. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.e.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Road, Ephrata, PA 17522.

The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at

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