Richard Allen Groth

Richard Allen Groth, of Evanston, passed away on Sunday, July 10, at the age of 72. He was surrounded by the love of family and gave his final breath while listening to “Hey Jude” by the Beatles.

Richard was born on Dec. 8, 1949, to Natalee and Robert Keith Groth in Rocky Ford, Colorado. He had one younger sister, who was his best friend and, although they didn’t live close, not a week went by without that Sunday phone call.

Richard graduated from Rocky Ford High School and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University. Richard was a dedicated and hard worker and spent his life in retail management.

It was while managing a store in Boulder, Colorado, that he met the love of his life, Kathleen — or has he called her, Kat. They were married in 1979, and moved to Evanston in 1983.

Richard did not need a lot to be happy. He loved spending time with his family, whether that involved traveling to cheer on kids and grandkids in various sports or events, playing trivia or cards, or cheering on the Denver Broncos or Utah Jazz from the comfort of his home.

He loved family get-togethers and was widely known for his unique gift giving and wrapping style. Richard also had a love for animals, especially dogs and they loved him. He will forever be known as the Dogfather and had the T-shirt to prove it. He was quick with a hug or a smile and a kind word and will be dearly missed by friends, families and the dogs. 

Richard is preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Groth of Evanston; Kay Liming of Stuarts Draft, Virginia; daughters, Lora Stuart of West Jordan, Utah, and Michelle (Tyler) Tholl of Evanston; son, Steven (Melanie) Hershfeldt of Oakland, Maryland; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers please donate to your local animal shelter.