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Roman Frank Grothaus Jr

June 24, 1930 ~ November 21, 2018 (age 88)
Roman Frank Grothaus Jr. was born in Covington, Kentucky to loving parents Roman Grothaus Sr. and Alma Hofstetter. At 88 years old, he passed away in Hughson, CA at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Roman is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Nickie Martino Grothaus; parents Roman and Alma; son Roman Grothaus III; siblings Dorothy Kohr, Mary Schmits, Romaine Rawe, LaVerne Simon, Mildred Schiesler, and Don Grothaus. He is survived by his loving daughter Lori Boyarsky and partner, Jim Treece; his daughter-inlaw Paula Grothaus and fiancé, Steve Reichmuth; siblings Leonard Grothaus, Vernon Grothaus and Norb Grothaus; his adored grandchildren Chad Boyarsky, Roman Grothaus IV, and Samantha Grothaus; and, numerous nieces and nephews. Finally, Roman also leaves behind his special friend of four and a half years, Audrey Palm. As a young man, Roman joined the United States Air Force and served this country honorably fighting in the Korean War. It was during this time he met Nickie and he relocated to CA. Roman was a resident of Modesto for 65 years. He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, tending to the flowers in his garden, and improving his game out on the golf course. Roman was a hard worker who always had a kind word and a friendly smile. He worked for Foster Farms and retired after a sales career at Major-Sysco. For many years he enjoyed Monday coffee dates with his friends and in his later years he loved spending time with his sweet Audrey. Franklin & Downs Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Grothaus Family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 9:30am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA. Committal will follow at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, 1141 Scenic Drive, Modesto, CA. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Avenue, Hughson, CA 95326.
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