Donald E. “Gene” Grogg, 76, of Berne passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 1:40 a.m. at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur. He had previously resided at Swiss Village since 2016. He was born Sunday, August 8, 1943, in Adams County to Alfred E. and R. June (Glentzer) Grogg. He was married Friday, July 14, 1967, at Union Church in Huntington County to Janice I. Kline.
He was a 1961 graduate of Hartford Township High School. He obtained his bachelor of science degree in 1965 from Huntington College and his masters of science degree from Ball State University. He taught math, health, P.E. and drivers ed in high school. He began his career in teaching and coaching at Madison Township, Jay County (two years), Southern Wells (one year), Pennville High (six years) and finished out his teaching career at South Adams, retiring in 2008. He coached girls’ and boys’ basketball, baseball, cross county, track and tennis.
While devoting his life to teaching and coaching, he also enjoyed raising animals and farming. His farm, Triple J, included sheep, hogs, turkey and miniature ponies. His passion in life was his family, and he attended their many events and supported them in their endeavors. He was a member of the Adams County Teachers Association, Coaches Association and West Missionary Church in rural Berne.
He served as a Sunday school superintendent, teacher and church board member for many years. He also was a member of the Adams County 4-H Board and helped yearly with the Swiss Days race. He volunteered his time regularly at Swiss Heritage Village. He enjoyed all sports, especially Purdue basketball, playing many games and cards with family and friends and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of Berne; son, Jeffrey Philip G. (Heather) Grogg of Battle Creek, Michigan; daughter, Janene Renee G. (Roger) Teeter of rural Geneva; three grandsons, Nicholas Teeter of Kokomo; Marcus Teeter of rural Geneva; and Alexander Grogg of Kalamazoo, Michigan; three granddaughters, Adrianna Teeter Armbruster of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Isabella Grogg; and Sophia Grogg, both of Battle Creek, Michigan; six brothers, Fred (Henrietta) Grogg of Homer, Michigan; Howard (Kathy) Grogg of Louisville, Kentucky; Larry (Julia) Grogg of Decatur; Paul (Carol) Grogg of Bryant; Joe (Diana) Grogg of Huntington; and Ron (Sherry) Grogg of Marion; and five sisters, Letha (Don) Lederman of Noblesville; Alice Clark of Tekonsha, Michigan; Marilyn (Ronnie) Warden of Indianapolis; Joy (Bob) Bogart of Leavenworth, Kansas; and Connie (Cliff) Spencer of Ingalls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Ilene J. Grogg; and Elaine D. Grogg; and brother-in-law, Keith Clark.
Visitation will be Friday, July 24 from 4-8 p.m. at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, 100 N. Washington St., Geneva and Saturday, July 25 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at West Missionary Church, 4295W SR 218, Berne. The family is requesting private time Saturday from 2:30-3 p.m. with the funeral service following at 3 p.m. Officiating will Pastor Keith Rupp. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne.
Memorials will may be made to West Missionary Church in Berne.
Arrangements provided by Downing & Glancy Funeral Home in Geneva. Online condolences may be made at www.glancyfuneralhomes.com.