Don E. Groom, 71, of Wellington, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at his home.
Visitation and viewing are 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Graveside services with military committal honors are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in Winfield.
A memorial has been established in Don’s name for the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Born June 28, 1948, in Russell, Don was the son of Don E. and Verle E. (Marsland) Groom. He was raised and educated in Skiatook, Okla. Following high school, Don joined the United States Navy and proudly served his country in the Vietnam War. In 1968 he was honorably discharged and returned to Oklahoma.
In 1969 Don married Mary Collins in Oklahoma. To this union a daughter was born. The couple later divorced. Don began a career as a welder in the Skiatook area. In 1996 he moved to Rose Hill and began working for Boeing. He continued working at Boeing until his retirement in 2003.
Don met Carolyn Pierce in Douglass in 1998, and they married July 26, 2010, in Wellington. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He enjoyed blacksmithing and loved being outside, cooking, hiking in the woods and fishing. He also enjoyed the annual BBQ with friends and family at his home, as well as attending the annual family reunion held at Birch Lake in Oklahoma.
Don was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Robby Groom.
His family includes his wife, Carolyn Groom, of Wellington; his daughter, Christina Groom, of Skiatook; his stepchildren, Jerry Pierce, of Wellington, Terry Pierce and Chris Frantz, both of Hillsboro, and Kelly Williams and husband, James, of Wichita; his mother, Verle Groom, of Douglass; his sisters, Sandra Bass, of Douglass, and Cindy Sellers and husband, Jerry, of Ada, Okla.; his brothers, Steve Groom and wife, Jo Jean, of Douglass, Charlie Groom and wife, Gerry, of Owasso, Okla., and Cliff Groom and wife, Louise, of Skiatook; his grandchildren, Isaiah “Scooter,” James and John; and numerous nieces and nephews.