Wednesday, July 30, 2003

William Groll, mechanic who loved boating

Died of burns after explosion

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

GREEN TWP. - William C. Groll, 75, died Saturday at University Hospital from injuries he sustained when his houseboat, "This Is It," exploded at Catalina Harbour in Addyston July 2.

Sixty-six percent of his body was burned.

Mr. Groll of Green Township, called "Bones" by his friends, was energetic, hard-working and fun-loving, according to his son, Thomas of Green Township.

He was also passionate about boating and other outdoor activities.

A gifted mechanic, Mr. Groll "loved to repair and fix almost anything," his son said. "If you would say it's impossible, he would take that as a challenge."

Mr. Groll constructed his first boat from a blueprint. He also built a dune buggy and an ultralite aircraft. "He could build just about anything he wanted," his son said.

Mr. Groll grew up in Cheviot and graduated from Western Hills High School in 1945.

Drafted right after graduation, he was sent to Tokyo, where he was in communications.

He worked for 29 years as a typesetter for The Cincinnati Post, then the Enquirer, before taking a job in the fabrication department at GE Aircraft Engines.

He retired 10 years ago.

In addition to his son, survivors include Dorothy Mae Wiethe Groll, his wife of 54 years; five daughters, Karen Schneider and Maryanne Higgins, both of Villa Hills, Barbara Schroeder of Anderson Township, Jennifer Grote of Green Township, and Elizabeth Hohman of Indianapolis; four other sons, William Jr. of Cleves, Mark of Madeira, Jeffrey of Green Township, and Dave of Rochester Hills, Mich.; two sisters, Jean Ellerhorst of North Bend and Ruth Groll of Green Township; and 23 grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thursdayat St. Martin of Tours Church, 3720 St. Martins Place in Cheviot. The remains have been cremated.

Memorials: Burns Unit at University Hospital, 234 Goodman Ave., Cincinnati 45219.


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