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HERMAN HANS GROTHEER, JR.

Herman Hans Grotheer, Jr. passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021 at home with family and caregivers by his side. He was born August 22, 1925 in Savannah, GA to Ellen O Brien Grotheer and Herman Hans Grotheer Sr.

He was a graduate of Savannah High and was Regimental Captain Adjunct of the Savannah High School ROTC. He served in WWII, first as part of the United States Navy V12 officers training program where he attended Mercer University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the U. S.  Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School at Columbia University, NYC. After graduation he shipped out to the Pacific Theater and took part in the Okinawa Campaign. He finished his service at the rank of Lieutenant JG.

After WWII, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Chemistry and attended graduate school at UGA, in Athens. He was employed by the Carson Products (Chemical) Company for 37 years and retired as Vice President of Production. Herman had the satisfaction of being instrumental to the growth of a small almost unknown enterprise as it became an industry leader. He was Carson’s “back yard chemist”.

Herman was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, serving in various capacities over the years. His favorite role being head painter of the Thursday-Work-Crew.

Herman was a Charter Member of the German Heritage Society and one of the founding members of the South Side Kiwanis Club. He was also a member of the Savannah Yacht Club and a Life Member of the German Friendly Society.

At age 52, Herman took up long distance running. He helped found the Savannah Striders Running Club and to this day, he still holds the Georgia State record for the Half-Marathon for the 65 – 69-year-old age group with a time of 1:35:29. In 1981 he qualified for the Boston Marathon and over the years participated in running events big and small including the Honolulu Marathon and untold numbers of Savannah Marathons.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Jeanne Hanson Grotheer, his parents Ellen and Herman Grotheer Sr., a sister Carol Ann Grotheer Conaway and brother Ralph Edward Grotheer.

He is survived by his son, Herman Hans Grotheer III, brother-in-law, William Conaway and sisters-in-law, Louise Armstrong Grotheer and Iris Gignilliat Hanson, along with many nephews, a niece and extended family.

A special thank you to Linda Ooms and her team of magnificent caregivers Jalandra Miller, Michael Sherry, Brenette Washington, Johnny Thompson, Mandy Towel and others. Also, thank you to the staff at THA Hospice for their compassionate care and guidance.

Service Information: Visitation will be Wednesday September 15, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Gamble Funeral Services, 410 Stephenson Ave, Savannah, Georgia.

The funeral will be a graveside service held at 10:00 am Thursday September 16, 2021 at Hillcrest Abby East 1600 Wheaton St, Savannah, GA.

Remembrances may be made to: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 10 W 31st St, Savannah, GA 31401, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) dav.org, United States Service Organization (USO) uso.org, Coastal Council of the Boy Scouts of America (Herman was an Eagle Scout-Order-of-the Arrow) https://coastalgeorgiabsa.org/donate/, Salvation Army (https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/give).

You are invited to view the funeral service of Mr. Grotheer by clicking here. 

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  1. Martin Grotheer Jr says:

    I did not see Herman as much as I would have liked to but when I did I thoroughly enjoyed talking with him. I will always miss him.
    Love you
    Martin Jr.

  2. Martin Grotheer Jr says:

    It broke our hearts to lose you,
    You did not go alone,
    For part of us went with you,
    The day God called you home.

    Will be missed you all
    Martin Grotheer Jr

  3. Hansel Hart says:

    Herman…We are very sorry to hear of your loss, but know your dad is in a much better place. We have lots of wonderful memories from the Jackson Blvd. days and were very fortunate to grow up in such a wonderful community. Your dad truly was an amazing man and will be greatly missed. We are keeping you in our prayers,

    Hansel & Leigh Hart

  4. Mark Smith says:

    Herman, I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. It seems like I have known him my entire life since he and your mom were such good friends of my parents a d they rotated bridge and “Geechee Poker Club” events between our households. We had a great neighborhood on Jackson Blvd. He was the last of that great Savannah High class of 1943 that went to war. Truly the greatest generation!!

  5. Spencer Grotheer, Jr. says:

    Herman … I was sadden when Karl informed me yesterday of your Dad’s passing. He and his brother Ralph were ‘special’ first cousins for me. He was 6 years older than me and someone I learned to appreciated at a young age.

    A special remembrance from my youth: My younger brother, Bobby, and I were privileged to be living near the Boy Scout Camp when your Dad was serving as a teen-aged Councilor one summer, when we were too young to be ‘scouts’. But your Dad allowed the two of us to join in with the swimming activity in the large salt water pool . . . as if we were ‘scouts’.

    The 3-hr trip from Aiken is too much for me to ‘navigate’ at this time due to some health problems, but will check in with you on my next visit to Savannah.

  6. Ron and Anna Boyette says:

    Herman, Ron and I were so sad to learn of your dad’s passing. It was always so nice to run into you all around town. He was such a joyful person. We know you will miss him terribly. Warmest regards, Ron and Anna Boyette

  7. Jim Blakewood says:

    Herman,
    Looking back, my father’s best friend was your Dad. Dad called him “The Navigator” for getting stuck on some sandbar together knowing he was a Naval officer…lol. They bought boats (Chrysler outboards), played poker, went to UGA games together, and who knows all what else. Our Blakewood family went to Grotheer family reunions due to their friendship. Conaways, Coolidges, Grotheers…my condolences to you all.

    When my Dad died, I remember your father closed down the funeral reception at Mom’s house sharing his stories with me. I really appreciated it, and it comforts me still. Your Dad took up running, and was a natural talent.

    We have lost another one of the truly great ones. I pray and no doubt believe Dick Blakewood is welcoming your dad, “The Navigator,” into Heaven. Godspeed Mr. Grotheer, and Herman may you be somehow comforted.
    Jim Blakewood

  8. Pat and Bill McFarland says:

    Herman, we were sorry to hear about your Dad. We enjoyed walking through the neighborhood and talking with him, when he wasn’t running. He always had something interesting to talk about. May the Lord bless and keep you both.

  9. Fred Hart says:

    Herman, I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I am so thankful to have known him and was a beneficiary of his generosity. We all take consolation in the sure and certain hope of his resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  10. Doug Giorgio says:

    Just did three laps at Lake Mayer in remembrance of Herman’s 80th birthday when we joined him to complete his eighty miles. RIP

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