Gerald Carr “Jerry” Grooms

July 13, 1931 ‒ September 28, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Gerald Carr “Jerry” Grooms, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on September 28th at his home in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Jerry was born July 13, 1931 in Mason, OH to parents Stanley and Grace (Miller) Grooms.

He was graduated from Mason High School, obtained a degree in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University, and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Journalism from Iowa State University. In 1953, Jerry spent 6 months in Japan with International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE). He served from 1954 to 1956 in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corp in Oakland, CA. In 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, Jane (Smith) Grooms with whom he raised two children.

Most of their 22 years of marriage were spent on a 55 acre hobby farm in Galloway, OH. After Jane’s death in 1976, Jerry met and married Mary Ann (Lynch) Preston, and became a father to her three children. Last October, they celebrated 40 years of marriage.

After a varied career that included agricultural journalism, agricultural education, real estate, and property management, Jerry kept busy in retirement years with a 150 acre cattle farm east of Mt. Vernon, OH, lovingly known as “Peaceful Slopes Farm.” For many years, Jerry and Mary Ann have resided in Mt. Vernon, OH during summers and wintered in Edgewater, FL.

Jerry had many interests throughout his life, but his passion, above all, was farming. He was happiest on a tractor, nurturing field crops, or in a barn, nurturing livestock. Jerry was a self-reliant man who instilled in his children and grandchildren a strong work ethic. Jerry also had fun. He loved singing old standards around the piano, happy hour martinis, playing “500”, and telling corny jokes.

He was known and loved by his family and friends as a compassionate man with the kindest of hearts. Jerry was a loving father, who passed on to his son, Grant, a love of cars, to his daughter, Jenny, a love of animals, to his son, Stan, the love of an organized tool shed, to his daughter, Ann, a love of dancing, and to his daughter, Kathleen, a love of independence. Jerry was a devoted husband, and the two loves of his life, Jane and Mary Ann, gave him a lifetime of happiness.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Grooms, son Grant (Janet) Grooms, daughter Jenny (Ron) Menning, son Stan (Lisa Conte) Preston, daughter Ann (Todd) Stuck, and daughter Kathleen Hartman, as well as grandchildren Matt (Marilyn) Menning, Brittany Menning, Emily (Bill) Hickey, Alex Grooms, Nick Stuck, Emma Stuck, and Clay Hartman, and one great-granddaughter, Ellen Jane Hickey. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Grace Grooms, brother, Lester Grooms, wife, Jane Grooms, and son-in-law, Jason Hartman.

Jerry’s family will observe a private service at a later date. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Gerald Carr “Jerry” Grooms.

Jerry requested that memorial contributions go to the IFYE Program (, through this link:

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  • Jerry was a brother to me. Mary Ann, my husband, Jim, and I spent a wonderful couple of weeks perched in our villa after traveling around Tuscany. It was Jerry who drove us, and only he could have because of the twisting roads and terrifying drivers in Italy. He got us safely home. He always got a mischievous grin whenever we arrived in Florida, asking us “how about a martini?” Of course, because no one made them better!

    You’ll be waiting to greet us in Heaven I’m sure. “Salute, my brother, salute”

  • Jerry’s presence in the lives of so many was a real blessing. He was very special in so many ways. There is a profound emptiness in my heart knowing that he is gone. My wish is that comfort and consolation surround Mary Ann and all of his beloved family as they are enfolded in the arms of God. Peace and love, Connie Lammert

  • I’m sorry to hear this news. I met Jerry only a couple of times in person, but I feel as if I knew him well through Mary Ann. He was good folks. My thoughts are with you all as you begin to say good-bye. Love, Shirley Sekarajasingham

  • I remember when Jerry first came into my sister Mary Ann’s life after meeting her on the job at Producers’ Livestock. He courted her and they went on dates in his vintage corvettes. They were starry eyed and it was an honor when Bob and I witnessed their wedding by the Olentangy River. They blended their 5 children into a loving family unit. Jerry knew how to live life, taking educated risks sometimes with Mary Ann beside him holding her breath. He was a genuine animal whisperer calming horses and even the craziest of dogs. He loved Mary Ann’s cooking and in retirement she baked him a pie a week. He had near total recall and just 2 weeks ago talked to me for 45 minutes answering my questions about the economy. About two years ago he tore ancient siding off a barn while balancing high on a ladder. He made the world a better place and I will miss him. Godspeed Jerry. We love you.

  • We were so saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace in this time of sorrow.

    Hissong Electric

  • What a shame when a great man passes. Earth needs such men more than heaven does. That’s an old saying, but I think it’s appropriate for Jerry. He taught me journalism for two quarters at OSU and became a trusted mentor until I graduated. I considered him a friend and regret that I lost touch with him after he moved to Florida. So rest in peace, my kind friend, you made a difference in my life and I will always be grateful for that.

    Jerry Craven

  • Jerry will be missed by many including myself…..He was always thoughtful, kind, generous and funny…he loved his family and talked of them often. I am a better person having known Jerry and I thank God for sharing Jerry with all of us..
    I ask for peace for Mary Ann and the family during this time of loss.

  • I worked with Jerry in the early 1980’s at Ohio State. We worked in the communication department for the College of Agriculture. He was a wonderful office mate: helpful, even tempered, caring and hard working. He was the voice of reason and a mentor, along with Howard Frisbee. I was saddened to hear of his passing. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around Mary Ann and the family at this difficult time.

  • So very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We had lots of laughs playing cards. He will be missed by his family as a source of kindness & wisdom. Love to
    all, Bette & David VanScyoc

  • I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of ‘Jerry. He was a great mentor to me and many other agricultural journalism students at Ohio State University in the 1970s and 80s. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him in the communication office of the OSU Cooperative Extension Service in Columbus. He was a gentle and kind fellow.

  • May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of sadness.
    Mary-Ann, you will always be in my prayers and Jerry will be surely missed. Please accept the Lewis family Condolences.

  • Loving father, grandfather, uncle, brother in law, and of course husband.. My daughter, Laurel, and I visited with Maryann and Jerry a couple weeks ago. He was soft spoken and kind. You will be missed, Jerry by my sister, Mary Ann and the family. Go in peace.
    Kathy and Joe Gammalo

  • We are going to miss Jerry at Thanksgiving and other family gatherings. He was a man of gentle humor, always ready with a quip. Mike and I admired him greatly, and were touched by his love of our grandchildren and all children and animals. He also knew the price of wheat when you needed it. And maybe a bit corny.

  • I’m very sorry to hear about Jerry. Ann and her family have been an uncompromised source of joy and encouragement and love and compassion and inquiry and decency and questioning authority and empathy and – as they say – playing with children and dogs. There has never been such in-laws! It was a great pleasure seeing Maryann and Jerry for Thanksgiving or whenever they could visit Tampa. Jerry was always happy to drive across the state to see the Newsome Wolves lose in the post-season, even though his back hurt him, to see his grandkids and their extended fan base 😉 He will be missed by all the Stucks of Tampa Bay.

  • I have fond memories of Jerry singing in the choir at Galloway Church where my mom, Juanita played the piano and Katy Peterson played the organ. Jerry was always a happy person. I think I remember him teaching Sunday School briefly where I attended with Jerry’s son, Grant and daughter, Jenny. My prayers are with Jerry’s family during this time.