On Friday, December 4th, Wayne Allen Groom left his worldly body to ascend to heaven reunited with his son Mark Allen and wife Kelli, parents Starks and Eva Groom, and many other friends and family.
Kind, generous and capable of fixing anything, Wayne was the type of man that never knew a stranger, would give freely of his time to repair friends’ or strangers’ autos, appliances, furnaces and air conditioners, and as a member of the Shriner’s driver team would transport children from Kansas City to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Saint Louis for treatment. He loved helping others and especially loved helping children.
Wayne was born on January 4th, eight plus decades ago at home in rural Buchanan County Missouri to Starks and Eva Groom. He was the first of 3 boys born to the couple. He graduated from Gower High School, completed some college hours before pursuing a career in maintenance.
He met the love of his life Patsy Annette Bruns December 10, 1956 and married on June 29, 1957. Together they had two children, Mark Allen Groom and Brenda Annette (Groom) Hinton and eventually made their home in Lee’s Summit as Wayne was employed with Western Electric. Wayne performed building maintenance for Western Electric at the same location through several acquisitions/mergers until retiring from Lucent Technologies after 34 years in May, 1992.
Wayne was an active member of Mason Lodge ADA 444 in Orrick, MO for 58 years, Kansas City Scotish Rite and the Ararat Shrine.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Starks and Eva (Cannon) Groom, his son and daughter-in-law Mark and Kelli (Atwood) Groom. He leaves behind his wife, Patsy A. (Bruns) Groom, two brothers Morris K. and wife Edna of Independence MO; Kent and wife Linda of Lee’s Summit, MO; his daughter Annette Hinton and husband Richard, Lee’s Summit, MO. Six grandchildren: Chad and wife Amy Groom, Alana and husband Jake Bloom, Dustin Loomis, Devin and wife Shandal Loomis, Danielle and husband Ryan Burriss, Katelyn and husband Stephen Montisano. And 10 great grandchildren: Lili Groom, Jake Groom, Brody Groom, Hudson Bloom, Kellin Bloom, Gibson Bloom, Deagen Loomis, Dailyn Loomis, Colton Burriss and Francesca Montisano; 2 nephews and 4 nieces.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Wayne on Wednesday, December 9th with a visitation at 10 am, funeral at 11 am at Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO. Graveside services to follow at Lee’s Summit Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Shriners Children’s Home, Ararat Drivers Club or Longview Christian Church.