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Frederick "Fred" Groat

June 19, 1942 ~ June 25, 2018 (age 76)

Frederick G. Groat, age 76, of Rothbury, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 at home.  He was born June 19, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan to Frederick and Virginia (Deadman) Groat. 

Fred served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1966 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  He managed apartments in Detroit and also at Park Place Apartments in Shelby.

Fred enjoyed kayaking, bird watching, camping and racing.  He enjoyed racing cars in his younger years.

He is survived by his daughter, Sheila Welton; grandson, Trent Welton; sister, Melodie (Jim) Hughes; brother, Wayne (Linda) Groat; nephew, William Saunders; nieces, Courtney, Aubrey, Michelle and Tammy; and many great-nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Freddy Wayne, Sharie, Randy and Ricki Groat; and nephew Matthew Saunders.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 5th, beginning at 2 pm with a memorial service to follow Thursday at 3 pm at Harris Funeral Home in Shelby with Pastor Anne Riegler officiating.  Interment will be in Otto Township Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Shelby United Methodist Church, 68 E. Third Street, Shelby, MI  49455.  

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