DeGroat, Arthur L., Saginaw Township, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Age 80 years. Son of the late Elias and Theresa (Andres) DeGroat, Arthur was born March 30, 1930 in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from Saginaw High School in 1948 and went to Grey Iron Foundry as an apprentice pattern maker but was interrupted when he was called to service in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 in the Korean Conflict. Arthur married Alice M. Bourassa, his loving wife of 53 years, on August 31, 1957. She survives him. Arthur returned to Grey Iron Foundry in 1954 as a Pattern Maker for 30 years then was owner and operator of The DeGroat Real Estate Co. for 35 years. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and an usher, Knights of Columbus Council #4232, American Legion Post #439, past president of Saginaw Board of Realtors, Director of Detroit Area Commercial Board of Realtors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving besides his wife Alice are three sons, two daughters and their spouses, Cynthia Vorwerck, Broomfield, Colorado; Mark and Teresa DeGroat, Freeland; Kirk and Susan DeGroat, Auburn Hills; Susan and Larry Ledbetter, Steven City, Virginia; Eric and Kendra DeGroat, Oakland Twp.; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen (James) Phillips, St. George, Utah; Mary Gentle, Kawkawlin Twp.; two brothers, Edward (Nancy) DeGroat, Saginaw; Jerry (Jane) DeGroat, Unionville; several nieces and nephews. Arthur was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Richard Gentle. Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2010 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3:00 p.m. Friday and a Vigil Service will take place at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church or charity of your choice.