FORT WORTH – Robert Groom, 76, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, while enjoying one of his favorite pastimes – playing golf with friends.
Robert’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Shady Oaks Country Club.
Robert Wayne Groom was born May 27, 1937, in Nemo, son of the late Jake and Dortha Hendon Groom. He married Linda Dixon in Fort Worth on Oct. 14, 1988. Robert served as a captain in the Army and worked in the real estate industry for over 40 years. Robert was an ideal husband, father and friend. Among his passions were golf, metal detecting, traveling and spoiling his 10 grandchildren. He was a member of Shady Oaks Country Club and a longtime member of Ridglea Country Club.
Robert graduated in 1955 from Polytechnic High School and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hardin Simmons University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Dallas and a ranch management degree from TCU.
Robert served as high school class president and lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He continued his natural athletic abilities at Hardin Simmons University, where he also played football, baseball and basketball. A Fort Worth resident for more than 70 years, Robert frequently recognized Fort Worth acquaintances and never forgot a name.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Linda Groom, of Fort Worth; children, Robin Riccelli, of Austin, Leslie Dominguez and husband, Andy, of Austin, Bret Whiteley and wife, Ruie, of Fort Worth, Terry Fuqua and wife, Pam, of Aledo, and Dan Fuqua and Jessica, of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Christina Riccelli, Kirsten LeCompte, Camden Whiteley, Matthew Fuqua, Madi Riccelli, Josh Fuqua, Alex Dominguez, Katie Dominguez, Evelyn Fuqua and Georgia Fuqua; great-granddaughter, Shaelyn LeCompte; brother, Winky Groom, of Fort Worth; and countless loving friends.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Travis Groom.
White’s Funeral Home