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Obituary for Edward Alan Groustra

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Edward Alan Groustra

September 17, 1941 - October 16, 2011

My darling husband’s struggle to live has finally ended. He is now pain free of the COPD that literally took his breath away. He was 70 years old, 70 years wise and 70 years loved. Sunday, Oct. 16, he retired from being a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He has taken on the far greater job of becoming our guardian angel. The world has lost a truly exceptional man.Born in Chicago, IL. to Edward P. and Lucille Groustra. He graduated from Ogden High School and attended classes at Weber State College.Ed was a lot of things, but above all he was and still is loved by all who knew him. He had a way of making you feel like you had known him for years, even after just a short conversation. It was his charm, his wit and warm-hearted spirit that drew you in immediately and made you a friend for life. Ed was an accomplished problem-solving, do-anything, hardworking kind of man. He retired from Hill AFB as a computer software engineer. He served between 1972-1976 as a Navy Reservist. He owned and operated Shadow Valley Paint for many years. He found great satisfaction in the many hours he donated to Christian Heritage School and Washington Heights Baptist Church for their building and remodeling needs. Through rain, sleet, hail and snow he worked on our house every day after work and every weekend building our dream home. His work ethic is unmatched in today’s world and all his life he excelled in everything he did. His commitment to family, thirst for knowledge, pride in hard work and enjoyment in the little things in life are gifts he leaves behind.He had a fun-loving sense of humor, lived strongly and loved warmly. In his younger days, Ed was a real car enthusiast and a member of the Stags Car Club. As he grew older, Ed’s playground was any campsite or river to fish. He especially loved trips to Idaho City where he spent many summers dredging and digging for gold on our own 20 acres of heaven. Ed felt the following poem (author unknown) summed up his thoughts: Miss me, but let me go. When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set on me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room, why cry for a soul set free. Miss me a little, but not too long, and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, miss me but let me go. For this is a journey that we all must take and each must go alone. It’s all a part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.Ed met the love of his life and best friend, Pat Freestone Sutter, at a neighborhood New Year’s Eve party becoming engaged six weeks later and then marrying in a romantic Hawaiian wedding ceremony. They were looking forward soon to celebrating their silver anniversary. He is also survived by his children, Sheri (Casey) Hamilton, Rebecca Brostrom, Wendy (Martin) Hertel, and Edward W. (JaNae) Groustra, 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren with another on the way. Although divorced from his first wife, Carol Winters Groustra, she continues to be part of Ed & Pat’s extended family. He is survived by two sisters, Susan Loock (Craig) Draper and Marie Drefs, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Jan (David) Wheeland, a grandson Nathan, and his practical joking sidekick/brother-in-law, aka “Uncle Mike” (Loock).Per Ed’s wishes, there will not be a viewing. The family would like to invite his family and friends to a “Celebration of Ed’s Life” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at Alpine Church, 5050 So. 1275 W., Riverdale (east of the old Cinedome theatre). There will be a basket if you would like to share your written thoughts, memories and stories of Ed to add to his personal history for his posterity.For nearly 25 years, Ed & Pat have sponsored a child in Indonesia. They have more recently assisted in two missions to Mexico to help “Hands Across the Border”. Because of Ed and Pat’s support of missions, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Alpine’s next mission trip to the New Hope Uganda Orphanage in Africa May 2012 which you can send to Alpine Church, P.O. Box 843, Clearfield, UT 84089, â„… Ed Groustra Memorial Fund. There will also be a donation box at the service.We will always remember you, Ed, and carry wonderful memories of your life we were privileged to share. If a man’s value is in being loved, then you are the richest man in the universe.Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Alpine Church


5050 South 1275 West , , Riverdale, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time: 2:00 pm -

Alpine Church


5050 South 1275 West , , Riverdale, UT,

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Timeline for Edward Alan Groustra

Born: September 17, 1941
Died: October 16, 2011

Condolences for Edward Alan Groustra

john kozee posted on 11/2/11

hi pat, so sorry to hear of your loss.....


john kozee posted on 11/2/11

hi pat, so sorry to hear of your loss.....


Mike and Anita Glover posted on 10/21/11

Dear Pat and Family, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Ed. We know you shared many happy years together and he will be missed. We think of you often and hope you find comfort in knowing we share in your sorrow. We wish you all the best.Mike and Anita Glover and family.


Tiffany Hansen posted on 10/21/11

My grandpa was a very smart, intelligent, man a man of his word the wisest of the fam. his working years building houses and fixing churches he really showed his skill he knew how to do everything it seemed and did most of it himself cause if he asked someone else it just would not get done right so he made sure he did it so it didnt have to get done twice. i wish i had the chance to get to know my grandpa a little more i could have learned so much but didnt get the chance so i leave it to my grandma to loosen up the ends. i truley love my grandpa and know he is in the better place watching over all of us with a simple glaze. i love you grandpa ed may we see each other soon again with all my love your grandaughter i love you tell the end . tiffany


Virgil and Pearl Hunt posted on 10/20/11

Dear Pat and Family,We were so sorry to read about Ed's passing. He was a wonderful friend and mining partner in Idaho City. We have many good memories of our times there together. Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers. With much sympathy,Virgil and Pearl


Brad & Terri Leavitt posted on 10/20/11

Dear Pat,We are so sorry for your loss and will miss Ed dearly. He was such a good kind man. I'll miss our talks in your basement office about the stock market. He was always such a positive guy. We pray God blesses and conforts you Pat! Your in our hearts and prayers. Please keep in touch.Love,Brad & Terri Leavitt


Karen (Kingsbury) Danylo posted on 10/19/11

Dear Pat,I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I remember what a nice man he was and how much love you shared. It's been years since we've worked together, but my thoughts and prayers are with you, Wendy, and your family. May Ed rest in peace.Karen (Kingsbury) and family


Cherise Drefs posted on 10/19/11

I remember all the years of family events and miss them so much. I miss all the teasing you and uncle Mike did with each other. Well it is exciting to know that you are feeling great in the hands of our almighty Lord. You have now joined our great and crazy family that has departed us already. Dont you worry uncle Butch we all love you and when our time comes we will have more BBQ's and laugh like we all did many times before. I love you and will see you in the future great man.Love Cherise


Susan Pitcher DeBoe Stoneking posted on 10/19/11

Butch:I will remember you from Christian Reformed Church. The baseball games, fishing, picnics. Your family was and is so special to me. The "Groustra Family. Your Parents, Sue, Marie, Carol, Your Children and You! I have wonderful Memories. I thank God for those memories. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers! <3 Sue


Billy & Glenda Thomas posted on 10/18/11

Our sincere condolences, Ed will alway be in our memory. Glenda and I worked with Ed for many years at the base and shared many good times both at work and at home. I particularly enjoyed the many gold stories we both shared with each other when we got to gether at our monthly breakfast. Wish we could be at your tribute, but we are currently in Arizona looking for your favorite subject, Gold. Until we meet again Ed....Billy & Glenda


Gail Bigler posted on 10/18/11

Hi Pat, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my heart and in my prayers. Sincerely, Gail