David GrupeIn Loving Memory…

David E. Grupe

David Edwin Grupe, 73, of Smithton, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021, at Boone Hospital Center.

He was born January 14, 1948, in Sedalia, son of Elroy Emil and Dorothy Jean (Meyer) Grupe.

On August 30th, 1969, he married the love of his life Sharon Kay Rayl.

David was a 1966 graduate of Smithton School, where he was senior class president. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Central Missouri State University.

In high school, he played every sport they offered and he earned a 1-rating at the State Competition in both vocals and trumpet. He started college as a music major and played in the marching band. He also played baseball in college and was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.

His first teaching job was at Stover High School in 1971, where he was head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach. In 1973, he moved to Silex, where he coached baseball, basketball, track and was athletic director. Then he moved to Steelville in 1976, where he coached basketball, baseball, track and cross country.

He returned to Sedalia in 1977 and worked for two years at Town and Country Motors. In 1980, he and his brother Danny opened Town and County Insurance. While working in the insurance industry David picked up his whistle again and returned to his alma mater to proudly coach the Smithton Tigers Basketball Team from 1995-1997 before retiring from coaching altogether. He finally retired from the Insurance Agency January 1, 2013 and now his sons continue the family business.

David had an entrepreneurial hand in many things. What started out as a small fireworks stand at age 12, turned into multiple stands around the area known as “Big G’s.” He and Sharon also operated a pumpkin tent, “Prairie Queen Pumpkins” for fifteen years with one of their greatest joys being able to share their pumpkins with many preschool classes that would come visit.

David enjoyed fishing, hunting and anything to do with sports. He particularly loved his annual fishing trips to Canada that he shared with his sons, grandsons and close friends. He regularly shared fishing tips and life lessons during these trips. These lessons and stories will always be remembered. He became known as Papa G to many of his son’s college friends, who have countless stories to tell from Deer Camp for years to come.

David coached Little League Baseball for many years and proudly supported the young athletes in Sedalia and the Kaysinger Conference. He was an avid collector of baseball cards and sports memorabilia.

He was a member of Smithton United Methodist Church, proud member & past Exalted Ruler of Sedalia Elks Lodge BPOE #125 and member of Sedalia Rotary Club, Sedalia Chorale, Sedalia Barbershop Singers and Smithton Jaycees.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon, of the home; two sons, Brad Grupe (Sarah), of Sedalia, and Aaron Grupe (Hillary), of Fenton; five grandchildren, Blake, Brett, Lauren, Alexandra and Max Owen; and a brother, Danny Grupe, of Sedalia.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2021, at First United Methodist Church on Thompson Boulevard, with Rev. Randy Schilb officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

Honorary bearers will be Mike George, Tony Monsees, Gary Nelson, Eddie Bryant, Gary Parrett, Mick Selken, Phil Selken, Bob Leftwich, Cletus Tagtmeyer, Jim Sparks, Mark Haney, Billy Dorris & DJ Trump.

A private burial will be in Smithton Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Sedalia Parks Dept -Liberty Park Stadium Foundation.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.


31 Responses

  1. Donnie and I are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was loved by so many.

  2. We are so very sorry for your loss. We extend our deepest sympathy to Sharon and family.
    Paul and Ginger Coffelt

  3. We are deeply saddened about the passing of our long time friend! Our prayers are with him and his family!
    Dean and Diane Ringen

  4. I was in Rotary with Dave and it sounds like he retired at the same time I moved positions from Sedalia to Marshall. I always enjoyed our conversations. He will be missed by many and I am thankful to have known him.

  5. Very sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a good customer. Our sympathies goes to entire Grupe families,

  6. Sharon, Brad, and Aaron,

    We are so sorry about David. He will be missed by a lot of people, but missed especially by the family. Our hearts go out to you and you will be in our prayers now, and as time passes. He has made a lot of memories to be cherished. His memories and his good virtues will stay with you.

  7. Dear Sharon, Brad, Aaron and Family,
    David was my PE teacher during his years at Stover. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a good natured fellow.
    Janet Fairchild Roberts

  8. Thinking of you and your family, Sharon. May your memories ease the pain and help you find peace in your heart.

  9. So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Prayers for the family.
    Saundra DeLarm

  10. Sharon, this is your distant Wehmeyer cousin from Blackburn. I was so sorry to hear of Dave passing, I know you two had a very special marriage and life. May you feel God’s comfort now and in the days ahead.

  11. So sorry for your loss. Good memories of our times with the boys in sports. Prayers.

  12. I will be praying that God will bring good memories to help balance the loss of this good man to all who will miss him. He was a man of many talents and interests. He helped so many in so many ways. I was fortunate to know and work with him for a time. Sharon and family I pray you will feel support from our heavenly father and numerous friends.

  13. Very sorry for his Family’s loss. Prayers for all who knew snd loved him.~

  14. So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. You will be in our prayers.
    Marilyn and Lindal Grechus

  15. Tom Cox says:
    I am deeply sadden for your loss and you have my sincere condolences. Dave was really looking forward on the trip this fall to Venice, LA. I am really upset with myself that I didn’t get it done the last couple of years. I know he loved to fish. He taught me a lot about coaching and parents my year at Steelville when I was his JV coach. I didn’t realize he was a Sig Tau at Warrensburg. I was a Sig Tau at SMS. I am sorry but I won’t be able to attend. My oldest son is flying in from Phoenix. Still trying to figure out how you guys know Barry Doty. My son played for him at William Woods. Again, my deepest and sincere to you and condolences to the family.

  16. Prayers of peace and comfort to Sharon, Danny, and his entire family at this difficult time.

  17. Sharon, Brad, Aaron and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a great man and friend to many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

  18. David was in my Sunday School class in Smithton. He was a great friend and insurance agent, Prayers for you all!

  19. So sorry for you and your family. You and David were always so nice to me and my son. David played a big part in the sports there in Smithton. John loved going to school and playing sports with your sons.
    Please know our hearts are with you.

  20. Dear Sharon and entire Grupe Family, I am deeply sorry to read of Dave’s death. There is so much that he accomplished here on this earth. Just think of what he will do in heaven. Sending you love, prayers and healing vibes at this time. Fondly, Pam McGrath

  21. Dear Sharon and the Grupe Family, so sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful man, always a smile, bragging about his children and grandchildren. He had stories of his fishing and hunting. Hold your memories close. Prayers.
    Cheryl Ames

  22. My condolences to Sharon, Brad & Aaron, Danny & all. Brad’s funeral eulogy was very good. Sorry missed visitation – address online was incorrect. David & Brad always spoke to extended family at ball games. Scott passed me word David had passed away. Kenny & Joyce Ragland

  23. I was so saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a wonderful person and a great singer in the Sedalia Chorale when I directed. Rest in Peace dear David.

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