David Grote, 74, of Chillicothe, passed away on July 20, 2021. He was born on August 1, 1946, in Columbus to the late Lawrence and Martha (Collin) Grote. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his aunt and uncle, Cliff and Anne (Collin) Kumler.
He attended St. Agatha grade school and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Following high school David enlisted in the US Navy where he honorably served his county. Following his career in the Navy he attended Franklin University and the Ohio State University, ultimately graduating from Franklin University with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
David had a long working career. He retired from Centrus Energy in Piketon Ohio, where he was a staff consultant and liaison between the government and the company.
In David's free time he had many interests. He enjoyed spending time with his family and some favorite memories were travelling and spending time with the family in Florida and Washington state. He enjoyed playing golf and watching football and baseball, including the Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Cincinnati Reds. He loved to fish and he especially loved a good steak.
In addition to his interests, David volunteered for many organizations. He was an active volunteer for Zoofari for many years, coached youth baseball, was a past President of King's Athletic Network, was part of the chain gang at King's High School, and was a member of the Chillicothe Athletic Club. He also made a great Santa Clause at many events.
David will be greatly missed by his wife of 45 years, Mary Grote; children, Samuel (partner Katie Tuttle) Grote, Brian Grote, Sally Grote, Timothy (fiancé Sara Boettcher) Grote; grandchildren, Daniel Pietrantano Jr., Elijah Grote-Mwilitsa, and Jackson Pickerrell; siblings, William (Sue) Grote and Patricia (Larry) Carollo; and his special four-legged friends, Zoey, Junior, and Rocky.
DONATIONS GIVEN IN MEMORY OF DAVID BY THE FOLLOWING WONDERFUL PEOPLE
HUMMINGBIRD FUND OF THE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION
WILLIAM & SUSAN GROTE
KENNETH & VICKI HONKONEN
DR. & MRS. RICHARD MAUGER
MATTHEW & PATRICIA CAHILL
FREDERICK & KAREN UNFRIED
CHAR & JAMES CHRISTENSEN