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Vincent Franklin Grogg

April 9, 1933 — October 1, 2015

Vincent Franklin “Vince” Grogg, 82, of Covington died at 5:45 P. M. Thursday October 1, 2015 in Indianapolis following an extended fight with cancer. He was born April 9, 1933 at Joliet, IL the son of Edgar P. and Florence Helen (Wachter) Grogg and lived most of his childhood in Griffith, Indiana.

Graduating from Griffin High School in 1951, Vince graduated from Wabash College in 1955. As a Wabash student, he was president of Sphinx Club in 1953-54, a member of Beta Theta Pi, and an athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He was always proud to be a Wabash man and supported Wabash as an alumnus throughout most of his life. He graduated from Indiana University School of Law and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1958. Upon graduating from law school, he moved to Covington to join White and White attorneys, which later became White and Grogg. He served as Circuit Court Judge of Fountain Circuit Court from 1968 to 1998 and served as a senior judge until 2010.

Strongly believing in the importance of giving back, Vince was a dedicated and committed community and church servant for many, many years. For over 20 years, he coached Little League baseball, coaching both of his sons, Ed and Peter when they were young. He coached junior high football for over 30 years. Active in the Covington United Methodist Church, he sang in the choir, served on various administrative committees and taught Sunday school. Always demonstrating a strong and steady faith in God, he often acted as a visiting and guest minister in his own church and other local churches. He was a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation. He served on the Covington School Board and acted as a mentor for many young students through their time in school. He helped build the Trojan Complex, start the Bank of Western Indiana and Covington Community Foundation along with many other community members and was always very proud of the work that they did together to build Covington into a fine community.

Vince was a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient as well as a 1996 recipient of the David W. Peck Award for Eminence in Law from Wabash College. He received the Living Legacy Award from Covington in 2012.

Set up by one of his professors, Vincent met Mildred Stephanie Foy on a blind date in Crawfordsville, Indiana while a student at Wabash College. Often claiming that it was love at first sight, they married on August 25, 1956 at the Wabash College Chapel and were married for 59 long and glorious years. Millie died September 23, 2015. Vince was a caring and loving brother, father and grandfather to Rebecca (Jim) Hill of Zionsville, Edward (Diana) Grogg of Carmel, Kathy (Mace) Terry of Greencastle, and Peter (Jane Ann) Grogg of Bloomington, IN; two brothers, Dr. Edward (Letty) Grogg of Springfield IL, and Lee (Shirley Havenga) Grogg of Seattle, WA; eleven grandchildren, Jessica, Kendall, Jordan, Morgan, Sydney, Ellen, Nathaniel, Ashton, Josue, Max and Maggie, and three great grandchildren, Jackson, Chase and Vivian. His parents, Edgar and Florence, brother Thomas and his wife Sandy Grogg preceded him in death.

Memorial services will be 4:00 P. M. EDT Sunday October 4, 2015 at Covington United Methodist Church with Rev. Roberta Cook officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 P. M. to time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Covington United Methodist Church or Grogg Community Fund at Western Indiana Community Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the church. Condolences to the family: www.shelbyfuneralhome.com .

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