Allen Groven

Allen Charles Groven

Friday, April 20th, 1934 - Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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Allen Charles Groven, 85, of Windsor, Colorado, formerly of Grafton, North Dakota, passed away May 21, 2019 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.
Allen was born April 20, 1934, in Grafton, N.D. to Albert and Mae (Thompson) Groven.
After graduating from Grafton High School in 1952, Allen joined the US Army where he was a Track Vehicle Specialist. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. in 1960.
On May 17, 1957, he married the love of his life, Monica Houska, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Grafton.
He worked as a civil engineer and forest engineer for the US Forest Service for over 30 years.
Allen loved his family and fully supported them in all of their endeavors. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, camping, skiing, canoeing, gardening and hiking. Along with his love of the outdoors, he patiently shared his wisdom, experience and deep faith with his family, friends and hundreds of young men through his long-term and active involvement with the Boy Scouts of America.
Allen is survived by his wife of 62 years, Monica Groven; children Paul (Connie) Groven of Olympia, Wash., Annette (Vince) Tannel of Windsor, Colo., Michelle (Eric) Groven Nelson of Redford, Mich., and Chris (Ruth) Groven of Geneva, Ill; grandchildren Shannah, Allyson, Marissa, Jessica, Nathan, Cori Anne, Mitchell, Stephanie, Luke, Carl, Elaine, Monica, Mary, Reier, Leah, and Ellie; eleven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his step-father Henry Lian; sister-in-law Dolores Robinson; brothers-in-law Phil Robinson and Forrest Isaacson.
A visitation and memorial service will take place on June 28 at the Grafton Lutheran Church and an interment at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hoople, N.D.
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Ray & Pat Wells

Posted at 06:37pm
We have such wonderful memories of the Fountain Hills hiking group activities. While the guys hiked, the women
lunched, shopped, and had a good time. Al and Mickey were long time members of that group and much loved!
We were so sorry to hear about Al's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mickey and the Groven family.
Hugs and Love!! Pat and Ray Wells

Tom Kokesh

Posted at 01:15pm
Al was an avid and accomplished outdoorsman. One day while hiking in s remote and rugged canyon in Arizona, he slipped on s strep slope. Not one to complain he hobbled back to the vehicle over challenging terrain and rode two hours back home. Upon checking for injuries, he was found with an ankle fracture. That was Al - no complaining and always thinking of others first.

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