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CREVE COEUR ~ Harley James Grove, 82, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born September 8, 1937 in Forrest to James Edward and Elizabeth Anna (Brackman) Grove, he married Rita Mae Sharp on May 31, 1955 at Elmira, New York. She died July 4, 2011 in Peoria. He also was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are four daughters, Beth Breweur, Amy Trenholm, Meg (Jeff Prochnow) Payne and Jo (Vinny) Gaboriault, all of Creve Coeur; three sons, James (Heather) Grove, Harley “Toby” (Cynthia) Grove and David (Kerry) Grove, all of Creve Coeur; sixteen grandchildren, Coleen (Jeromy) Myers, Glenn (Crystal) Breweur, Terry (Amber) Dickson, Nicholas (Amy) Trenholm, Noah (Melissa) Payne, Holly (Nic) Nunley, Josh (Dana) Bair, Jake (Whitney) Heflin, Jerusha Bair, Megan (Daniel Bullock) Grove, Wesley (Cassie) Grove, Rebecca Grove, Michael Grove, Arica Grove, Rikki Marion and Degan Grove; three step-grandchildren, Ashley Gabriel, Cody Gabriel and Kyle Gabriel; thirteen great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way. Also surviving are two brothers, Paul (Dorita) Grove of Wyoming and Lyle (Margaret) Lawrence of Peoria and four sisters, Darlene Elmore of Wellington, Florida, Juanita Prather of Metamora, Donna Kirkpatrick and Bonnie (Jack) Marsh, both of Marquette Heights.

He had proudly served in the United States Air Force.

Harley passion was taxidermy and he was a gifted taxidermist for more than 50 years in Creve Coeur at Grove Taxidermy. He mounted thousands of specimens and also had taught classes at Illinois Central College on taxidermy. In earlier years Harley also drove a truck and was a member of the Teamsters & Chauffeurs Union, driving for Amour, Evans Products and Nabisco.

He was a member of Frank N. Nicol Lodge #1170, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Creve Coeur and had formerly served as a police commissioner for the Village of Creve Coeur.

He was an all-around sportsman that truly enjoyed hunting and would often say that if it moved, he’d shoot at it.

His visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. Masonic Rites and a funeral service will immediately follow the visitation. Paul Grove, his brother, will officiate. Please consider social distancing and recommendations regarding masks while in attending. Burial will be in Fon du Lac Cemetery in East Peoria, with military rites accorded by the United States Air Force.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 55 East Monroe Street, Suite 3420, Chicago, Illinois 60603.

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