Lonnie Lee Groom (64) a lifelong resident of the Kansas City, MO area passed away December 14, 2018. Although Lonnie battled MS (Multiple Sclerosis) for almost 40 years his passing was very unexpected. He was a true fighter until the very end. However he passed peacefully holding his daughters hand and his wife by his side.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Robert and Joyce Groom. Lonnie is survived by his wife Pam (Hecht), daughter Loren, son in law Matt Caswell, sister Cher Oliver-Mroz, brother Shawn, many in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Lonnie was born on March 22, 1954 in Kansas City, MO. He was a lifelong member and attended Calvary Lutheran Church and School. Graduated from Center High School in 1972. Then received his Bachelors in Liberal Arts and Sciences from UMKC.
He was a hard, dedicated worker at Thyssenkrupp and had many job titles over the 32 years.
Lonnie married Pam in 1980, they spent 10 years traveling and enjoying each other before they had their only daughter Loren. Loren and Lonnie had an extraordinary father daughter relationship. She was his pride and joy.
Despite his illness, he never complained and was always optimistic about life. He will be remembered for his extraordinary work ethic and positive personality. He was truly one of a kind and was an inspiration to everyone. It is hard to express what a void Lonnie has left, as he meant so many things to so many people.
Lonnie loved the outdoors, traveling, his animals, all things sports (especially the Royals), and boy did he love his desserts and sweets, but his main priority in life was his family. He and his wife Pam married 38 years, together for 40 were a model of love and devotion in sickness and in health, good times and bad. As a father, he was a rock…a constant source of support and optimism. As a father-in-law, he could not have been a better friend, confidant and patriarch. As a sibling he was driven, passionate and empathic. To all he was a mentor, generous, and was always there to lend a helping hand.
A visitation will be held on Thursday December 20, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7500 Oak Kansas City, MO. Funeral service will follow.
December 23rd, his daughter will be hosting a Christmas/Lonnie’s Life Celebration at Noah’s Event Venue, 7341 W 133rd St Overland Park, Kansas at 5:30. In honor of Lonnie please feel free to wear your Royals gear, royal blue or just your favorite Christmas sweater. We ask that you bring your favorite covered dish to share, and please take home any leftovers. We hope you’ll join our family and friends to share a special evening with food and drinks along with your favorite stories or memories of this extraordinary man.
Contributions in Lonnie’s memory can be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.