Raymond "Kayo" F. Groves

Born: Thu., Jul. 26, 1951
Died: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Fri., Jan. 26, 2018
Location: Youngsville Free Methodist Church

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Raymond F. “Kayo” Groves, 66, of Fiddler Hill Road in Youngsville, PA passed away January 21, 2018 at the home of his good friends, William and Brenda VanGuilder.

He was born July 26, 1951 in Meadville, PA to the late Raymond H. Groves and Isabelle (Green) Groves who survives him. Kayo was a 1969 YHS graduate and worked at REA as a lineman for 38 years. He was a member of the Carroll Rod and Gun Club in Frewsburg, NY, the Sugar Grove American Legion, AMVETS Post #50 and the Busti Mens Club. Kayo spent a lot of his time at Stateline Speedway where he enjoyed dirt track racing along with traveling to many other tracks with friends. He also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, cutting firewood, cooking, grilling and a good game of cards. Most of all, Kayo loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a genuinely nice guy who was always lending a hand to people.

In addition to his mother, Kayo is survived by his two children, Tara Baker of Youngsville, PA and John (Tinily) Groves of Winston-Salem, NC; a sister, Ann Marie (Chuck) Stroud of Clarendon, PA; a brother, Paul Groves and his companion, Nancy Reynolds, of Youngsville, PA; his grandchildren, Madison Baker, Braydon Baker, Patrick Groves and Brody Groves; his step-grandchildren, Trevor Martin, Breece Binkley and Miranda Binkley; several in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Groves and a son-in-law Michael Baker.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 26 at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis Street, Younsgville, PA 16371 at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Rick Hamrick, pastor, officiating.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Youngsville Free Methodist Church, the Hospice of Warren County, PO Box 68, Warren, Pa 16365 or to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, 8085 Saltsburg Road, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15239.

The Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Youngsville, have been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.

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   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
Prayers for you all in this time of loss. Please let us know if you need anything! Love Ross , Lisa, Caleb and Allie

Bonnie (Williams) Moore
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
Dear Tara and John, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Your parents were wonderful people and I will always cherish their friendship. Sending out hugs and prayers for all the family, Bonnie

Deanna Peterson Rice
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
He will be missed by all! I have many memories of Kayo growing up as our neighbor up on Peterson Hill.

Dick & Jackie Slagle
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
Such a kind person. May he rest in peace with Nikki.

Mike j
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
John and Tara my thoughts and prayers are with you.my heart has been heavy with the loss of your dad.i know he is in a better place with Nick.Uncle kayo I will miss you at the races.you always helped anyone who ask and I know we will all be together again someday.love Mike j

Renee Williams
   Posted Wed January 24, 2018
Ann Marie and Chuck- I am so sorry about the passing of Kayo. He was a kind man, one of the rare ones these days that really would give u the shirt off his back. He was also very witty and had a wonderful sense of humor. The only way I can make sense of all of this that the good Lord needs him home for some big project he needed Kayo for and the fact that his Nikki needed him home. What a honor to have known him. May he Rest In Peace with his beloved Nikki💖

Scott and Connie Jenkinson
   Posted Wed January 24, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. We knew Kale through my brother, Dennis Knapp. He was a good friend and we always enjoyed seeing him at Denny’s. He loved his family, friends and being in the country. He will be sadly missed.

Paul and June Natale
   Posted Wed January 24, 2018
Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your Dad. He was a great person and will be sorely missed. Sending prayers your way.

Marcy Peterson
   Posted Thu January 25, 2018
Tara, John, Izzy, Sis, Paul & families:
I am so very sorry to hear about Kayo. Great neighbor growing up; fond memories; a great person all around. Was so thankful to run into him the last time I was home. A huge loss for the community. Bless you all.

Mia Knapp Smith
   Posted Thu January 25, 2018
I’m so sorry to hear of Kales passing. I knew him through my dad Denny Knapp. He was a true friend who took the time to notify me when daddy got in the kobato accident. I remember it snowing the night we brought daddy home and the electricity going out, Your dad showed up with a generator because he knew daddy’s leg was hooked up to a machine that needed electricity.I could never thank him enough for all the good deeds he did for my dad.Please know your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

carl n miriam sliter
   Posted Thu January 25, 2018
Izzie marie paul tara john so sorry for your lose. kayo was such a nice guy. I am sure you will miss his kind and carring deeds.

Jody Schnars Miller
   Posted Thu January 25, 2018
It's very hard when you lose a father and kids lose a grandfather. I know Kayo is out of pain and up in heaven with Nikki and other family members. Kayo will always be apart of my life before and in the future when I see someone like him or something happens and reminds me of him.
The hardest part is not being able to talk or get a big hug from Kayo. Memories will always be apart of your lives. Sending big warm hugs to all of Kayo's family.
A friend always Jody Schnars Miller

Linda Alspaugh
   Posted Thu January 25, 2018
Tara, John and families,
I graduated with Kayo and became reaquainted with him when he became friends/ country neighbors with my parents, Chuck and Rose Smith. He was such a great guy and was always willing to help. After Dad passed away he would plow for Mom without being asked or expecting anything for it. Your family has certainly suffered painful losses and my heart and prayers go out to you all.
Linda Alspaugh

joann schnars
   Posted Fri January 26, 2018
I have very fond memories of kayo in the good old days of racing. memories will help get through the days ahead. prayers for all of the family.

Christine Scardamaglia
   Posted Sun January 28, 2018
I was blessed to have Kayo in my life. He was a kind and loving man. He will be greatly missed.

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