Steve Groom

Steven E. Groom, 62, of Rose Hill, passed away early Sunday morning, Sept. 8, 2019, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Graveside funeral services with military honors are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Wilmot Cemetery.

Visitation is from 9 to 10 a.m. that day at Miles Funeral Service.

A memorial has been established in Steve’s name for the American Cancer Society. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at

Born Aug. 11, 1957, in Winfield, Steve was a son of Don and Verle (Marsland) Groom. He was raised and received his early education in Skiatook, Okla. He moved with his family to Ringling, Okla., where he graduated from high school in 1975. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served three years. He was stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita when he received his honorable discharge. He then began working at Boeing, where he remained for eight years before beginning his career at Cessna.

Steve married JoJean Coleman on May 7, 2008, in Newkirk, Okla. The couple made their home in Rose Hill. He remained at Cessna for more than 21 years and was working as an engineer. He loved riding his trike. He also enjoyed fishing, country music and old western movies.

In addition to his father, Steve was preceded in death by two brothers, Don E. Groom and Robert Groom, and a brother-in-law, Sam Bass.

His family includes his wife, JoJean Groom, of Rose Hill; his stepchildren, Tim Coleman and wife, Shawna, of Wichita, Christopher Coleman and wife, Faith, of Wichita, and Aaron Coleman and fiancée, Coco, of Wichita; his mother, Verle Groom, of Douglass; his siblings, Cindy Sellers and husband, Jerry, of Ada, Okla., Clifford Groom and wife, Louise, of Skiatook, Okla., Charles Groom and wife, Gerry, of Owasso, Okla., and Sandra Bass, of Douglass; his grandchildren, Triston Coleman, Trevon Coleman, Lily Coleman, Kati Lynn, Ayle Coleman, Charlie Jo Coleman, and Christopher Apollos Coleman; and numerous nieces and nephews.