Keith Robert Groppe

Age: 67
Born: January 31, 1949
Died: June 16, 2016

Obituary

GROPPE, Keith Robert, 67 was called to be with the Lord on June 16, 2016 while in his favorite place on earth, Petoskey, Michigan, after a strong and courageous battle with cancer. He was a loving, devoted husband, father and son that would have chosen life, however, our Father had a different plan. Keith is survived by his loving wife Karen, his cherished children, Jason Daniel, his wife Erika, Jonathan Mark, Jordan Elizabeth, her fiancé, BJ Longland, two loving grandsons, Tucker Jay and Hudson Daniel, his dear mother, Ruth Groppe, his very best friend and brother Mark Groppe, his wife Rebecca, and his sister Gail Ruth. Keith was preceded in death by his father Robert Groppe (Poppy), who he idolized. He also leaves a nephew, nieces, law enforcement colleagues, his dear friends Scott, Joe, Sean, Si, Brad, his wife’s many, many friends, as well as their Terrace Park friends who will always remember Keith as a guy who could make them laugh… a lot. Keith’s dog Jada is lost without him. Keith retired in 2013 from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office as a Major in command of the Organized Crime Division. Upon graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Criminal Justice, Keith began his 42 year stellar law enforcement career as a Cincinnati Police Officer. In the 70’s he was drawn to drug law enforcement and was assigned to the Regional Enforcement Narcotics Unit, which was a collaboration between the Cincinnati Police Department and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to stem drug trafficking in the area. In 1986, Keith became commander of R.E.N.U. In 1993, Keith resigned from Cincinnati Police to become Commander of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Division, which included R.E.N.U. and served Sheriff Simon L. Leis in that capacity until his retirement. Keith was highly respected in his chosen career, and proudly served the citizens of Hamilton County well. But, Keith’s greatest joy and accomplishment in life was his family. He adored his wife, Karen. He told her so daily. His three children and grandsons were the center of his life. He adored them and loved them and made sure they knew it. They truly cherish him. His life was an example of love, courage, strength and honesty, and will continue to serve as their inspiration forever. Keith was excited to walk his little girl, Jordan down the aisle in October. Though we can’t see him, he’ll be walking with each of us that day. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4370 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8050 Hosbrook Rd #314, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-8 pm at Spring Grove Funeral Homes, 4389 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223 (513) 853-1035. Funeral Services will be Wed., June 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Ave, Cinti- Terrace Park, Ohio 45174. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery. www.springgrove.org.

Visitation

Location: Spring Grove Funeral Homes
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time: 5-8 pm
Additional Info: 4389 Spring Grove Ave. Cincinnati 45223

Memorial Service

Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: 10:30 am
Additional Info: 100 Miami Ave. Terrace Park 45174

Interment

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Keith Robert Groppe

Age: 67
Born: January 31, 1949
Died: June 16, 2016
  • Mark Combs
    Relationship: Friend of Family Mem

    My condolences at this time of loss. May God's grace bring comfort to you all.

  • Ellen Croswell Morrison
    Relationship: Friend

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of a great loss to your family.

  • Grace Nastold
    Relationship: Friend/Co-Worker of

    I am so very sorry for your devastating loss. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with your family.

Keith Robert Groppe

Keith Robert Groppe

Age: 67
Born: January 31, 1949
Died: June 16, 2016