In Memory of Burley Grove

Burley Grove
Burley Grove
Born: May 21, 1946
Died: July 7, 2024
Age: 78
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Burley Grove
May 21, 1946 - July 7, 2024
From: Battle Creek, IA

Burley Grove, age 78, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2024, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2024 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Rev. Randy D. Cormeny will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Battle Center Cemetery of rural Battle Creek, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by the Maple Valley Post No. 0364 of the American Legion of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2024, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Homes of Battle Creek & Ida Grove, Iowa, are in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Ronald Paul “Burley” Grove, the son of Burley and Edna (Ohlsen) Grove, was born on May 21, 1946, in Arthur, Iowa. He grew up on a farm north of Arthur and received his education from Odebolt-Arthur High School graduating with the class of 1964. After graduation, Burley entered the workforce trucking fulltime. In December of 1965 Burley enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Galva, Iowa and drove truck for Pyle Truck Line. 

On January 4, 1969, Burley was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jeanette Reitz, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The couple made their home briefly in Schaller, Iowa, before making their forever home in Battle Creek. They were blessed with three children: Justin, Jenni, and Jesse. For 20 years, Burley was employed as a truckdriver for Midwest Industries. When Midwest ended their trucking department, Burley started his own trucking business with his sons. Over the years, he drove from coast to coast and made many friends across the country. He was kindly referred to as “The Legend” among those in the trucking industry.

Burley was a loving and devoted family man. He treasured time spent with his children and grandchildren. When he wasn’t out on the road, he was with his family. He shared with them their love for horses and roping. Known for being a jokester, Burley loved to pull pranks and was quite a story teller telling the same stories over each time a new member joined their family. He enjoyed shooting targets, spending time with his beloved dog, and running the skid loader. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. 

Left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 55 years, Jeanie Grove of Battle Creek, IA; children Justin (Carmen) Grove, Jenni (Ed) Sohm, and Jesse (Rachel) Grove all of Battle Creek, IA; grandchildren Gable, Claire, and Jack Sohm, Collin Grove, Katie Petersen, Matt Arkfeld, William and Abbott Grove; sisters Rochelle (Hank) Luscombe and Katie James; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Burley and Edna Grove; grandson Emmett Grove; sister Sherry (Gary) Gritten; brother-in-law Steve James; and niece Chrissy Baker.



10:30 a.m.
Friday, July 12, 2024
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Randy D. Cormeny


Gable Sohm
Claire Sohm
Jack Sohm
Collin Grove
William Grove
Abbott Grove
Kolton Knop
Sam Seuntjens

Honorary Pallbearer
In Memory of Emmett Grove


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 11, 2024
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


"Amazing Grace" ~ solo
"I Am But A Stranger Here" ~ solo
"How Great Thou Art"


Battle Center Cemetery
rural Battle Creek, Iowa


Monday, July 22, 2024 at 10:03 AM
“Dear Grove Family....very sorry for your loss...share all of your memories. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers”
- Renea & Patrick Saunders
Monday, July 22, 2024 at 10:03 AM
“Jeanie and family—

I’m so sorry for your loss. He was quite a guy and will be missed. He could spin the yarn like no one else. Our family has lots of memories about Burley.”
- Dennie Pfrimmer
Friday, July 12, 2024 at 10:24 AM
“Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Leila Lang”
- Leila Lang
Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 11:22 AM
“My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I always knew him as Ron, we were neighbors growing up and rode the same Arthur school bus in elementary school. He had recently replied to a comment asking if my dad's name was Ronald.”
- Sandi Einspahr Lickteig
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 7:57 PM
“Jeanie and family sending sympathy and prayer to all of you. What a great guy and truly missed. Never did find out where he parked the truck when he came to see Gerald (Butch) at St Luke’s. God Bless ”
- Colleen Hare
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 7:57 PM
“So sorry to hear the passing of Burly. He was an amazing man with a huge heart. His stories and prankster personality will be truly missed. The entire Grove family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- June Knop
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“To the family of Burley Grove. The Groves at one time lived not too far from the farm north of Arthur, Iowa on which I grew up. My parents Darrell and Marie Noll knew Burley's parents. Sincere condolences to all of you. ”
- Margaret Noll
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“Im sending prayer's for the family a good one was taken I’ll never forget the time spent with him and patience he had for a young punk kid like me at the time I probably would not be driving truck if it was not for him I learned alot with my time spent with him wish I would have stayed closer ”
- Jason Krayenhagen
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“My sympathies and prayers to the Grove family. ”
- Lisa Kruger
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“Jeannie and family so sorry to hear burley passing he will be greatly missed sending prayers and hugs your way ”
- Corky blackmore
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“Sorry to hear about Burley, sending you and your family love in the hard days ahead. Take care , Doug and Lolly Nailor. ”
- Doug and Lolly Nailor
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“My wife and I were sadden by the passing of a very dear friend, Ron (Burley) Grove. I wished we could have shared more time with Burley, he was always joking and fun to be around. I’ll miss all his stories, and great humor. We’ll all miss you Burley, you were a dear friend to everyone. VIP Burley, and God Bless.”
- James Richard (Pete) Meltesen
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“To the Grove family. Burley was great guy and a great friend. I had many of interesting conversations with him over last 45 years. He will be missed by a lot of people. You have our deepest sympathy. He went to sleep and woke up with God.”
- Byron Hartwig
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“Jeanie, I am so sorry to hear about Burleys passing. My thoughts are with you. ”
- Karen Claussen
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“Jeanie and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of a very special man. I sure have been thinking of all of you. Burley was one of a kind and someone that I would call a "character.".....a good "character". I am so glad that I was fortunate to know him. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and in my prayers. I love all of you!”
- Sheila Petersen
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“A hilarious and always joyful classmate. I have "Coach Ed" stories with Ron (I knew him as Ronnie Grove) in them that still to this day make people laugh out loud. Blessings and peace to his family and friends. "May light perpetual shine upon him."”
- Patricia Neal Jensen
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 9:21 AM
“Burley was a great man and a true friend. I will miss him. My love to his family. God. bless you. Pastor”
- Pastor Cormeny
Monday, July 8, 2024 at 7:48 PM
“I'm not able to attend services but you'll all be in my prayers. My heart breaks for you. Love and blessings to all for family and many friends!”
- Fern Krayenhagenp
Monday, July 8, 2024 at 7:48 PM
“So sorry. Never a dull moment with Burly around He was one of a kind He will be missed”
- Sue Gallentine
Monday, July 8, 2024 at 7:48 PM
“You have my deepest sympathy.”
- Mary Lou (Anderson) Robinson
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