Dr. John F. Grone
Dr. John F. Grone

Jan. 20, 1943-April 13, 2017

DELPHOS — Dr. John F. Grone, chiropractor, 74, of Delphos died at 6 a.m. Thursday at St. Rita's Medical Center's hospice unit.

He was born Jan. 20, 1943 in Delphos to Frank F. and Evelyn C. (Rahrig) Grone, who preceded him in death.

On March 14, 1970, he married Ruth M. Drebenstedt of Mediapolis, Iowa, who survives in Delphos.

John started Grone Chiropractic in 1971 in Elida and then moved to Delphos, where he practiced until 2017. He was a U. S. Army veteran surviving during Vietnam and a life member of the Ottoville VFW Post 3740. His accomplishments include helping start Life University of Marietta, Georgia, and supporting the Delphos St. Johns Athletic Boosters. He enjoyed working with his hands and very proud of building his new house and being able to incorporate pieces from his childhood home. His memberships included the Lehman Pride Motor Trike Organization and the Chiropractic Association of Ohio.

Survivors also include a son, Fred R. (Kristine) Grone of Florida; a daughter, Rebecca M. "Becky" (Scott) Burden of Lima; grandchildren, Kathryn and Michelle "Emi" Grone and Scott Jr., Matthew and Alex Burden; a brother, Irvin B. (Mary) Grone of Delphos; a sister, Irene C. Kaufman of Ottawa; and a sister-in-law - Octavia Grone of Fort Jennings.

He was also preceded in death by brothers George L. Grone and Elmer E. Grone; and granddaughter, Angela M. Burden.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, 311 W. Main St., Cridersville. Military rites will be observed at 7 p.m. Saturday and a celebration of Doc's life will follow where people will be encouraged to share memories.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Life Foundation, Inc. (http://www.lifefoundationsonline.org/) or Delphos St. John's Catholic Church.

Condolences may be shared at BayliffAndSon.com