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07/15/12 06:28 PM #1    

Charles "Hop" Fuhrmann

Gus Julius Groos III was born February 6, 1945 to Gustav Julius Groos, Jr and Julia Penniman Groos. He died suddenly on March 17, 2006. He was preceded in death by his father, Gustav Julius Groos Jr, and in-laws, Franklin Elijah Hicks and Martha Bussa Hicks. Gus is survived by his mother, Julia Penniman Groos; his wife, Helen Hicks Groos, and his three children: Kristin Groos Richmond and husband, Steve; Gustav Julius Groos IV and William Penniman Groos II. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Dr. William Penniman Groos, and his wife, Monnie. He is also survived by his nieces, Sarah, Anna and Julia Groos, and his brother-in-law, Franklin Craig Hicks. 

Gus had a gentle and kind spirit. He was a loving father and husband and a Christian gentleman. His funny, caring and thoughtful character brought out the best in everyone he touched and was reflected in the people who loved him. Gus never met a person who he didn't treat as a friend, and he brought a smile to everyone's face. 

Gus graduated from Alamo Heights High School and Texas A&I in Kingsville, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta. After serving with the US Army in Vietnam, he spent his entire career in the banking industry, working with Frost Bank for 17 years and Groos Bank and its successors, Norwest and Wells Fargo, for another 17 years. Gus was an active member of Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, San Antonio Country Club, Order of the Alamo, Downtown Rotary Club, German Club, Town Club, Texas Cavaliers and the Quarterback Club. Gus was a dedicated member of the San Antonio community, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

A memorial service was held at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. The family received friends at a reception at the church immediately following the memorial service. Donations may be made to:  Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, 825 E. Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209; the Wesley Foundation at the University of Arizona, 715 N. Park Avenue Tucson, AZ 85719; or St. Luke's Episcopal School, 15 St. Luke's Lane, San Antonio, TX 78209. 

Honorary pallbearers are Joseph R. Barnett, Elsie Bailey Chandler, Edward R. Frnka, Carolyn Knapp Gish, Edward D. Hodge III, Charles M. Huey, Jr, Michael K. Maly, Ralph G. Reser, Richard T. Robertson, Gregory S. Stouffer, and William B. Whitworth.

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