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Arthur G. DeGroff


Arthur G. DeGroff, age 64, of Worthington, Ohio passed away on December 13, 2019 of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Rockville Centre, New York on July 27, 1955 and grew up in Elmont, New York.  He met his wife, Valerie, in 1977 at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) while he was completing his Master of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering.  After marrying in 1978, they moved to Forest Hills, New York where he was employed by American Electric Power (AEP).  In 1980, Arthur and Valerie relocated to Worthington, Ohio to continue his career in the Technical and Special Studies division of AEP.  Arthur’s professional career was in a specialty called system dynamics analysis.  This expertise is scarce in the United States and the world.  At AEP, Art applied his talents to assure that the electric power system remained stable for abnormal events, such as, short circuits and sudden outages of critical electrical equipment.  Art applied his technical acumen, his leadership abilities and dedication to his work to provide long-lasting benefits to AEP and its customers for years to come.  Art’s passion for music was evident throughout his life.  He enjoyed all genres of music, from hard and alternative rock to Broadway, classical and opera.  Art enjoyed spending time with his children and accompanying them to concerts of their favorite bands, even if earplugs were required.  He was in a rock band in his youth and played a Hammond B3 organ.  Another of Art’s passions was watch repair and restoration.  He learned the science and art of horology at his family jewelry store, DeGroff and Sons Jewelers in Ridgewood, New York.  In his later years, Art most enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandson and devoted dog, Chloe.  He especially loved vacationing at many lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.  Art was an avid runner and enjoyed the trails of Highbanks Park and Olentangy Parklands. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Valerie; son, Richard (Kalina Kutzy) DeGroff; daughter, Laura (Benjamin) Burnaugh; grandson, Felix; brothers, John (Lynn) DeGroff, Curt (Coleen) DeGroff, and Forrest DeGroff; sister, Janis Pilla; and many nieces and nephews.  Art is preceded in death by his mother, Sophie M. DeGroff and father, Arthur J. DeGroff.   The DeGroff family wishes to express their gratitude to Capital City Hospice, especially to his personal team (Brenda, Kathy, Brie).  Art lived in memory care assisted living and the family wishes to thank the staff of Senior Star of Dublin and Kemper House of Worthington.  The individual staff members of these residences made him feel comfortable, safe and well cared for.  Arthur’s celebration of life party is all set! Please join us 1pm to 4pm, Sunday, January 19 at the Golf Club of Dublin, 5805 Eiterman Rd, Dublin, OH 43016 We will enjoy hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a cash bar will be available.
Family and friends will share memories of this remarkable man. He did not want a sad funeral, rather he wished for a party to remember him. His full obituary can be found here:  www.OhioCremation.org

If you are traveling a distance, there is an Embassy Suites Hotel (614-790-9000) close by. I have reserved a small block of rooms (under reservation number 9467869). This hotel features a free made to order breakfast and a complementary evening reception with wine, beer and appetizers.

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  • Michael Epp says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Arthur’s passing. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but having become friends with his son Richard, and meeting Valerie through that friendship have enriched my life. My condolences and thoughts are with all of your family.

  • Tom Fecho says:

    I have many good memories of Art from our AEP System Planning days. He was a gentle soul always kind and professional. May he Rest In Peace. We extend our condolences to his family. It is with a heavy heart that we learned of his passing. May he live on in all of you.

  • Mark Pendleton says:

    Valerie, I’m so sorry to hear of Art’s passing, but know that he is now at peace. Art and I were cubical neighbors for many years and I always enjoyed his company (it helped that we were philosophical soulmates!😉). You and your family have been in my prayers since you first told me of his struggle with Alzheimer’s. God’s peace be with you and your family.
    Mark Pendleton

  • Katelyn Wotring says:

    Every time I hear Bruno Mars or see something chocolate covered I will remember Arthur. He is greatly missed.

  • Holly Eckert says:

    Valerie, I’m part of your support group at DVRC. I was so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. Please know that my thoughts are with you at this sad time.

  • Susan Davis says:

    Dear Valerie and family,
    You have my deepest condolences but I find myself thankful that he is no longer being subjected to this awful disease. I’m joyful that the true Arthur will be lovingly celebrated. He I’m sure, is smiling on all of you. May you all know peace.

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