John Groome died June 2, 2018, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 76.
He was born March 13, 1942, in Montpelier, Idaho, to Wilson and Fay Groome. He grew up in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Whittier, Calif.
He married Helen Welch in 1972.
He was a transportation major at the University of California. A third generation railroader, he was a locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad until he moved to Colorado in 1986.
He was an active member of the North Fork community, serving as a volunteer at KVNF, a fireman and board member for the Crawford Fire Department, the president of both the Crawford School and Delta County School District accountability committees, school board member, and coach of T-ball and soccer teams. After ranching in Crawford, he put on his engineer's cap again to run the train for loadout services at Bowie Coal Mine.
He was a skilled mountaineer who trained others in ice climbing, ice axe use, ice and snow climbing, and survival skills in the Sierra Club's basic mountaineering training course in Southern California. He climbed peaks such as Mt. Rainier and Mt. Whitney. He enjoyed spending time with his family and supporting his daughters' activities, a variety of music, reading, cowboy action shooting and was an active member of the Delta Trap Club.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Helen; daughters, Theresa (Jason) Wrich, Mary Groome (Daniel Costello) and Julia (Buck) Rohrbaugh; siblings, Margaret Day of Menlo Park, Calif., and Willy (Patty) Groome of Hotchkiss; three grandchildren, Lexi and Will Wrich of Crawford and Eamon Costello of Carbondale; and extended family.
A memorial service will be held in the pavilion at Zack's Bar-B-Que in Hotchkiss Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation JPG Scholarship Fund, PO Box 10100, Delta, CO 81416.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.