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John M. Grout of South Lancaster, Massachusetts died on Tuesday August 23, 2011, in the Clinton, MA Hospital. He was 80. John was born to Ralph and Helen Fuller (Rowell) Grout on February 3, 1931. John is survived by a sister, Ellen Dapper of Virginia.

John was the husband of the late Dr. Geraldine (Hale) Grout for 50 years. Both of them were long-time members —- very active, loving and loyal members -— of the South Lancaster Village Church of Seventh-day Adventists.

When Geraldine died on February 21, 2008 at the age of 84, John”s grief over his loss of the love of his life took a heavy toll. But John adjusted and remained faithful. He had wanted to live long enough to be the same age she was at her death—so that when they come up together in Christ”s resurrection, he would have caught up with her.

Although John”s parents were not of any religious persuasion, John learned about Seventh-day Adventists by attending the South Lancaster Academy.

In his work as a Literature Evangelist, John knocked on the door of a Seventh-day Adventist family in Groton, MA, Ashley and Lula Hale. Upon John”s introduction of himself at the door, Ashley Hale immediately introduced John to his daughter Geraldine—thinking they would have something in common.

A significant part of John”s courtship with Geraldine was to drive her to various destinations according to what she wanted or needed to do. John was delighted with her company.

After they were married in 1957, John drove Geraldine out West where she studied and earned her PhD in Business Education from the University of Indiana in 1961. John was pleased to support Geraldine in her professional career including her work as Administrator in the Hale Convalescent & Nursing Home, Educator at Atlantic Union College and Editor of the Atlantic Union Gleaner.

John worked at the Village Church as the custodian and general guardian of the premises for most of his life. His whole-hearted dedication and surrender of self for the service of love to God and man was evident in his work. John was well-known as a most gentle Christian man. Whenever John was disappointed about someone”s behavior, if he told about it, he had no bitterness or critical spirit, and would finish by saying, “But my job is to just love everyone.” His friendly Christian character won the hearts of all who knew him.

John”s Memorial Service will be on Sabbath afternoon, September 10, 2011 at 4:00 p.m., with light refreshments afterward at the South Lancaster Village Church of Seventh-day Adventists – 75 Sawyer Street, P.O. Box 866 South Lancaster, MA. In lieu of flowers, gifts are encouraged to the American Cancer Society and to the Christian Education fund of the Village Church. John was lovingly placed in the earth on Friday August 26 at the Groton Cemetery for a temporary rest until the Life-Giver comes for him.