Charles Christian

Charles Christian "Kris" Groff

Wednesday, September 24th, 1947 - Friday, November 27th, 2020
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Charles Christian “Kris” Groff, 73, of East Earl, died Friday, November 27, 2020 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, after a brief illness.
Kris was born in Lancaster and grew up in New Holland. He was a son of the late Parke and Hazel (Helms) Groff. His wife of 38 years, Joan T. (Lavine) Groff, died Jan. 29, 2013.
Kris was a 1965 graduate of Garden Spot High School and a 1969 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS degree in Photographic Arts & Science. He served from 1969-1973 in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era, and worked 37 years for Amerigas/Penn Fuel as a technician.
He was a member of the New Holland American Legion since 1973, the New Holland Rifle & Pistol since 1990, the National Rifle Assoc. since 1983, the National Association for Gun Rights, a life member of Garden Spot Fire Rescue, and a past member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Assoc.
He enjoyed target shooting, reading, watching movies, and photography.
Surviving are three sons, Greg (Betsy) Paradise, Timothy Paradise, and Chad C. (Lisa) Groff; six grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and a brother, Eric Groff.
Preceding him in death is a son, Mark Paradise.
There will be no services per Kris’ request. Interment will be in the St. Stephen Cemetery. To send the family online condolences visit Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
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    St. Stephen Reformed Cemetery
    249 E. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
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Albert Weibel

Posted at 07:42pm
Kris and I worked together when I managed the Penn Fuel Propane Gas plant in New Holland, 2005-2009. Kris started in the gas business in 1973. I stated with Suburban Propane in 1972. We grew up and old working in an ever changing fuel industry. I will miss his knowledge, his excitement as he talked about photography, and our interests in similar music. We were a family at Penn Fuel Propane. GOD Bless, and Kris, may you rest in peace.

Bev Ament

Posted at 04:52pm
It was indeed a pleasure to grow up on State Street with Kris and Eric and Nancy and Tom-they were more like siblings than cousins or neighbors. Holidays together, summers at Mt. Gretna-shared experiences from a simpler time. Kris was a wonderful
photographer. He was my wedding photographer, too. I send my heartfelt sympathy to Eric and the family.
Bev Groff Ament

Donna Loht Burkhart

Posted at 02:53pm
So sorry to hear about Kris. He was my photographer for my wedding back in 1975!
My sympathies go out to Kris's family and his brother Eric.
Donna Loht Burkhart

Nancy Hoober

Posted at 11:54am
It was a blessing to grow up on State Street with the Parke and Carl Groff families as neighbors. Each member of those families holds a special place in my heart. My sincere sympathy to Kris' children/grandchildren and Eric.

Bets/Harold Wright

Posted at 09:07am
Sorry for your loss. RIP Kris

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