Judge David E. Grossmann, 88 of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2017. He was born on November 4, 1928 to Adolph and Mildred (Hutzler) Grossmann in Cincinnati, Ohio. On September 8, 1951, David married Peggy (Margaret Wright) Grossmann and she survives. They had two boys, John and Tom.
David attended Lotspeich Elementary School (Seven Hills), Walnut Hills High School, and went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati in 1950 and from its College of Law in 1952. David served his country during the Korean war in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate General officer. Upon returning from service, David began his law practice with dear friend, Paul Schuch. In May 1954 they started the firm of Schuch, Grossmann & Schuch in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Grossmann became a referee in the Hamilton County Juvenile Court in 1958, where he worked part-time while still in private practice. His first elected position was on the Greenhills-Forest Park (now Winton Woods) School Board in the last half of the 1960s. He ultimately became the President of that board. He was elected as a Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge in 1974 and served four terms in that office until his retirement in June 1998. He was the President of the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges and thereafter also served as the President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He served for many years on the board of the National Council.
Judge Grossmann was a visionary force in juvenile law and was instrumental in leading changes in Ohio State law on how to deal with child abuse, neglect, custody, adoption and delinquency cases. Subsequently the reforms and recommendations he championed were adopted in many other states and supported by federal legislation as a result of his leadership. Hamilton County Juvenile Court became a model court for the nations’ juvenile courts. Judges and court staff from across the nation visited Cincinnati to learn its model guidelines and procedures.
Judge Grossmann also helped found organizations to serve and aid children such as ProKids, CityCure, Tri State Adoptions, and Youth Incorporated. He served on many boards including the City Gospel Mission. He helped start Citizens for Community Values and served on its board, and he helped with the formation of the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky. After becoming a Christian in 1965, he dedicated his life and work to Christian ministry; everyone who met him understood that the key driving force in his life was the cause of Christ. Every day he sought to love God and God’s earthly children.
Judge Grossmann was also extremely gregarious. He was an SAE at UC where he met his wife Peggy, a Tri Delt. Judge Grossmann was an active SAE alum for much of his life and hosted the main SAE rush party at his and Peggy’s farm for many years. He played a good game of bridge and did so avidly with multiple bridge groups, including a regular game of duplicate bridge with David and Peggy’s friends dating back to UC.
David loved good food, wine and family time. Family dinners were a priority throughout his life. He especially enjoyed family lunches after church at John’s house watching movies and Bengals games. He also enjoyed lunches at the Skyline at the intersection of Vine and Court Streets in downtown Cincinnati. He loved the Skyline staff there and was a regular patron. Even after his retirement, he continued to travel downtown frequently for lunches with Tom. When out of the sight of Peggy, he may also have enjoyed an occasional sweet treat, but this cannot be confirmed or denied.
Most of David’s spare time was spent working on the family horse farm or just being with his family and his two sons. He did everything on the farm from building fence to delivering manure for people’s gardens. He was not pretentious and enjoyed hard work. He also knew how to have fun. He took his family on many vacations out west, to Europe and to ski in Aspen and Vail, Colorado, which they did about twice a year for over two decades. On the slopes, David was known as the “Grey Wolf” in his ski attire. The ski trips involved many friends including some members of the juvenile court staff. He loved sport shooting with his sons, made and painted tin soldiers with them and collected coins and stamps. He also enjoyed playing with his sons on a huge train set in their basement. He never lost the childlike wonderment of spending time with his boys and doing what they liked to do.
Even in his later years, David and Peggy traveled extensively, which was a life-long passion. The trips were documented by David and Peggy who were expert photographers. Watching slide shows of their trips was a beloved family event. Besides the many vacations taken by the whole family, David and Peggy traveled to Israel multiple times, Eastern Europe, China, and Thailand. David even went to Kuwait after the Gulf War at the invitation of the Kuwait government to consult with them on juvenile justice issues. His reputation was not only national in scope but international as well.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Peggy Grossmann; sons John (Mary Pat) Grossmann and Tom (Kathy) Grossmann; grandchildren Daniel (Kristin), Timothy (Riza), David, Jacob (Stephanie), Rebekah, Stephen, Philip, Matthew, Michael, Annie, Rachel, Ryan, Kara, Brandon, and Matthew; and most recent addition, great-grandson Luke.
Visitation will be held at the Grace Evangelical Free Church (605 Meadowcrest Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231) on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 4-8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at the Chapel at Vineyard Church in Tri-County (11340 Century Circle E, Springdale, Ohio, 45246) on Wednesday, February 8. 2017, at 10:00 am with burial at Spring Grove Cemetery following. Memorial donations in David's memory can be left to the City Gospel Mission or the Creation Museum.