Theodore Robert ‘Ted’ Groman

Theodore Robert “Ted” Groman was finally able to shake off the bounds of this flesh and will forevermore be clothed in the glory of His Savior. Ted passed into eternal glory at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Birchaven Village, Findlay, with his loving family at his side.

Ted was born March 8, 1918, to Tebalt “Ted” and Edith (Marsteller) Groman, owners of Groman’s Grocery, Tiffin. He was the oldest of four children. His sisters were Edith Florene (Carl) Staib, Mary Ellen (Richard) Weiker and Dorothy Jean (James) Kolar.

Ted married the love of his life, Eleanor Katherine Hankammer of Bellevue, Aug. 6, 1941, and she preceded him in death Feb. 13, 2008.

He is survived by their daughter, Constance Groman Kolan (Lowell) Reeder and sons, Christian (Carol) and Stephen (Dee), all of Findlay; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Ted received a BA in music at Heidelberg College in 1939 and an MA at Boston University in 1948. He taught music in public schools in the Lisbon area, Bowling Green and Wood County schools and at Bowling Green State University.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed on Adak in the Aleutian Islands. He then worked for JW Greene Co., Toledo.

Then, in 1955, he borrowed enough money to buy five pianos and opened Groman’s Music Store, Findlay. He soon opened a branch store in Lima.

In addition to the music business, he also owned and operated the Findlay Vault Co. for many years, producing burial vaults.

Ted was well-known throughout the northwestern Ohio area, playing pianos or organs at home shows, parades and county fairs, along with various community and church events.

A particular pleasure for Ted was introducing families to the enjoyment of music by teaching their child to play “Hot Cross Buns” within just a few minutes.

Ted considered music his ministry in life, and he genuinely enjoyed serving his Lord through active involvement in various church activities at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lutheran Men in Mission and the Gideons Bible Society.

His civic activities included Kiwanis, the American Heart Association, the Christian Business Men’s Club, as well as various local community events.

Ted particularly enjoyed travel and loved to reminisce, telling many stories of his past.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, 500 Lima Ave., Findlay, OH 45840, (419) 2626, and for one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

His funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave., Findlay, with the Rev. Thomas Lyberg and the Rev. Linda Rahe officiating. Burial will follow at Fairmont Cemetery, Tiffin, with graveside services beginning at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation to Gideon’s International.

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Ted will be missed, but his passion and love will long endure in the countless lives he has touched.