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Farrell Joe Grogg, 74, of Newton, Kan., died on July 17, 2017, at his residence in Newton.
Farrell was born on Sept. 8, 1942, in Rawlings, to Burley and Beulah (Miller) Grogg. Farrell was the sixth of 11 children.
He married Jacqueline Karich on Feb. 1, 1967, in Los Angeles, Calif. They were married for 40 years prior to his death.
Farrell was retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years of service. He was a chief warrant officer, grade three, and served multiple tours in Vietnam as the chief in charge of river boats. He served on multiple naval ships including the USS Brunswick, USS Brinkley Bass, and the USS Gridley. He and his wife Jackie were stationed in Hawaii, San Diego and Long Beach, Calif., and Washington state.
Farrell's second career was with the Newton School District as the maintenance director. He loved children and as a director felt strongly that they should have safe and clean schools. He served for 20 years until his retirement. He enjoyed golf, motorcycles, and was excellent at small engine maintenance.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Grogg; children, John and Debbie Trail, Ken and Pattie Trail, Craig and Rose Trail, Andrea and Ron Henrich, and Kara and Tony DiCicco; brother, Timothy Grogg; sisters, Theresa Dixon, Mamie Yaider, Linda Sweitzer, and Sherry Miller; and eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Steve, Jim, and Gene; sisters, Margie and Maryland; grandchildren, Danny and Johnny.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Petersen Funeral Chapel with the graveside committal following the service at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Military honors will be presented at the graveside by the U.S. Navy.
A public visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017, at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Farrell had fought with a terminal illness for many months. On Monday, he passed away at his residence with many of his family present. He was a strong man who loved his family and will be remembered by them with many fond memories.
Published on July 18, 2017
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