John David Grupe

2020-12-27

John D. Grupe, age 81 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at his home.

He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late Victor W. and Olinda G. Schrieber Grupe.

Mr. Grupe served honorably in the U.S. Navy immediately after graduating from high school. Upon returning from service, he graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and obtained his Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. He retired from Exxon-Mobil as Senior Advisor of Compensation and Benefits in 2000. After retirement, John and his wife, Virginia, made Amelia Island their home

.Mr. Grupe enjoyed golfing, travel, boating and reading. His family describes him as always being there for them and being �our guide and guardian�.

He served as a Deacon and an Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach.

He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Virginia W. Grupe of Fernandina Beach, Florida; daughters, Christy Dickson and her husband Chris of Davidson, North Carolina, Melissa Willcox and her husband James of Birmingham, Alabama; brother, Jim Grupe and his wife Marie of Richfield, Minnesota; grandchildren, Caroline Dickson, John Flynn Dickson, Myles Hitt and Linden Willcox.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Thornwell Home for Children, 302 S. Broad Street, Clinton, S.C. 29325 or Community Hospice of Nassau County.

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