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Francis Grogg

Francis J. “Duke” Grogg, 92, died Monday, May 4, 2015 in LaGrange.

    He was born October 3, 1922, in DeKalb County, to Jay and Gertrude (Leitch) Grogg.

    He was a LaGrange resident for the past 76 years, moving to the area from Kendallville in 1939. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army as an original member of Darby’s Rangers and was a POW for 15 months in Germany. He was a mechanic for 36 years and spent 18 years as service manager at Culp Motor Sales. He was also a custodian at Lakeland Middle School, retiring in 1990. He was a life member of LaGrange American Legion Post 215, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of LaGrange Presbyterian Church, Meridian Sun Lodge F&AM #76 and the Angola York Rite.

    He was married June 26, 1953, in LaGrange, to Bessie J Gage. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2001.

    Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Lemp and Bill Dibble, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; one son and daughter-in-law, Gary F. and Amy Grogg, LaGrange; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, June Vaughn, Shipshewana, and Jean and Claude Davis, Angola, Ind.; and one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry O. and Ann Grogg, LaGrange.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Michael Lemp, one sister, Joan Post, and three brothers, Ray Grogg and infants Kay and Max Grogg.

    Graveside service with military rites by LaGrange American Legion Post 215 will be 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange with Reverend Ken Weaver officiating.

    Memorials may be directed to LaGrange Presbyterian Church or donor’s choice.

    Online condolences may be sent at

    Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.