Tom Groth

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Groth, Tom
On Thursday, February 13, 2014, Tom died of a heart attack at the beginning of what should have been a normal workday at Miller oors, “running the brewery from dispatch” as he so often said. He had just turned 60 in December and he would have been at Miller 40 years in April.

Tom leaves Jodi, his best friend and wife of nearly 39 years, who he once claimed should have been arrested for impersonating a housewife, his three sons – Nathan, who is proudly following in his dad’s footsteps working at MillerCoors; Kyle, a LE Park Ranger in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada; and Ryan, his kind-hearted baby standing 6′ 9″. Other family members include brothers Dave (Kathy) and Bob (Trudi); sister, Sue (Eric) Hansen; brother and sisters-in-law Teri VanDam (Dave Fass), Tomi (Susie) Meka, Jimi (Kaye) Meka and in-laws Richard and Joyce Meka. Tom loved his family and his “Dolly” – Lucy the lab, more than anything else in this world (although Starr and Fred, the cats, ranked right up there too!).

Tom lives on in our hearts and memories. He loved beer, hiking, biking, kayaking, watching and yelling at the Packers, lazy beach vacations in Jamaica, reading, and being at the lake. In lieu of flowers, please consider making an on-line donation to the National Park Service ( or for those able to attend Tom’s Celebration of Life gathering, there will be an opportunity for you to contribute to a memorial that will be placed in Peninsula State Park in Door County, WI. Tom always said he felt the closest to God while in nature, enjoying the majesty of His creation. He is now with God in Heaven for eternity.

Everyone is invited to join the family on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4-7 PM for a celebration of Tom’s life at Revere’s Wells Street Tavern, located at: 505 Wells St., in Delafield, WI. Dress casually – Tom was a beer guy, not a suit guy.

“I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life. I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.”

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Linda Panyan

My thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family. I counted trucks during monthly inventories with Tom at MillerCoors. He was such a respectful, funny, kind guy that I really enjoyed working with. We used to talk about “perienials” during our inventory counting, and end up counting the trucks wrong and have to go back out to the yard and recount. He was one of my favorite brewery workers. Knowing that I was going to work with Tom Groth made it so much more enjoyable! May he rest in peace. He will be truly missed!!!

Linda M. Panyan

Tom and Mary Kay Carroll

Dear Jodi, Nathan, Kyle and Ryan,

We just learned of Tom’s passing today from one of the members at Our Savior’s Church. We are so sorry to hear the news. I remember how much Tom enjoyed working with the basketball teams at Richmond School. We also enjoyed watching the boys grow up through Richmond and Arrowhead H.S. Tom was a great guy – no doubt about it. Please accept our sincere sympathies.

Tom and Mary Kay Carroll

Jim Joyce

I will truly miss Tom. Last evenings attendance at the memorial and remembrance service for Tom at Revere’s was a testimony to what a man he was. Every person there had been touched and affected by Tom’s wit, positive attitude, character and charm. Men like him are so hard to find and when they pass the gap left will be hard to fill. May all of Tom’s friends and family be blessed with God’s grace and peace in knowing his spirit is now free to roam the parks and fields and forests for eternity.

Valda Pakalns

So devastated by the news of Tom’s passing. Our hearts go out to your whole family, Jodi. We can’t imagine how much Tom will be missed. Sending all of our love and consoling hugs to the entire Groth family. Sincerely, Tom and Valda Devine

Rick Jung

You have been in our thoughts and prayers everyday. I think I have known you as long as Tom. You are a special friend. I will miss Tom’s sense of humor, his professionalism, and his friendship. We have shared many stories and laughs throughout the years. We are here for you and your family if you need anything at all.
God Bless,
Rick and Felicia Jung

Katlheen Beebe

Jodi and Family, I was sorry to hear about your loss. I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless and comfort you and your family.
Kathi Beebe

Sondra Moore

The Groth Family,
My deepest heart felt sympathies to your family during this time. I worked with Tom all the way from Denver. I enjoyed each time I talked with him. I have only known him for a couple of years, but feel I knew him much longer. We shared stories about our families and vacations. Tom was truly one in a million! Your family will remain close to my heart & sending prayers your way.
Sondra (Swift Transportation, Denver CO)

Cindy Hosszu

Jodi, I am so sorry that Tom passed away so suddenly. My deepest, heartfelt sympathies to you, your boys, and your extended family. Tom was a wonderful person and he is gone way too soon. I am thankful though that you & Tom took every opportunity to enjoy your lives together and that you didn’t wait for that “some day” to come in order to do it. Prayers and blessings going up for you all. — Love, Cindy Hosszu

Rich and Barb Kallan

Jodi, we have been thinking and praying for you, the boys and your family since we heard the sad news. Still don’t want to believe it. Tom was a good friend. I will miss his sense of humor, way with words and love of Beer most of all.
Rich and Barb Kallan

Char and Paul Stroik

Dear Jodi, Nathan, Kyle and Ryan,
We are in shock when we heard about Tom’s death. Our deepest sympathy to you all. We will be holding you up in our prayers. He was a great friend and a great man. Much love Paul and Char

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