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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
James

James "Jim" Van Groesbeck

Thursday, June 10th, 1948 - Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
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James “Jim” Van Groesbeck, 71, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Funeral Director and Owner of Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Service, passed from this life Saturday, June 22, 2019. Services for Jim will be Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 11:00am, in the Olivet Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visitation for Jim will be Monday, June 24, 2019, from 12 noon until 8:00pm, at the Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Service in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Another service for Jim will be Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 2:00pm, in the Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Visitation for Oklahoma City will be Tuesday, June 25, 2019, from 4:00pm until 8:00pm, at the Vondel Smith & Sons Mortuary at South Lakes in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The family will greet friends from 6:00pm until 7:00pm.

Jim was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to James Van Groesbeck and Lea (Folks) Groesbeck on June 10,1948. He attended Capitol Hill High School and graduated in 1966. Jim attained a Bachelor’s from Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma along with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. While at Oklahoma State, Jim pitched for the Cowboys a year before switching to the javelin throw on the track team, where he lettered 3 years.

Jim’s funeral experience began in 1968 in funeral home ambulance service work. He has twenty-five years of funeral home, cemetery and cremation management and ownership in Oklahoma City. Before moving, Jim lived in Houston and Denver, while working for Service Corporation International, the world’s largest Funeral and Cemetery company. He served as a regional president and was responsible for several hundred funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematories in fourteen states and Canada.

Community involvement has included serving on several Boards of Directors, including the South Oklahoma City YMCA, Christian Heritage Academy, Sand Springs Community Services. He also has full time and adjunct faculty teaching experience in the Funeral Service Department at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Jim is a 32nd Degree Mason in Sand Springs Lodge Number 475, a member of the Tulsa Scottish Rite, and the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition to a membership in Rotary International for 30 years. His other community activities include the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Gideons, and the Christian Businessmen organization. Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Service is active in the Oklahoma Funeral Director’s Association and by invitation only International Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

Jim was preceded in death by his dad James Groesbeck.

He is survived by his mother, Lea Groesbeck of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; son James and daughter Brittanie Groesbeck of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, son and daughter Chris and Jensen Groesbeck; grandchildren Marek, Abigail and Kamryn of Oklahoma City and Austin of Plano, Texas and great-grandson, Elijah of Plano; sisters Carol Dutton and husband David and Janet Cameron and husband Glenn; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS THE FAMILY REQUEST DONATIONS BE MADE IN JIM'S NAME TO THE UCO FOUNDATION FUNERAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT, 100 NORTH UNIVERSITY, EDMOND, OKLAHOMA, 73034.

Condolences may be sent to the family at mogro.co

WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT !!!
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Michal R Rust

Posted at 10:40am
Please accept my sincere condolences. I worked for Jim for many years. Jim always had the answer for every situation and understood the ins and outs of the funeral business better than any other Funeral Director I know.

Donna Grady-Wilkins

Posted at 02:01pm
Jim was a wonderful person and a joy to know. He will be deadly missed.
 

Donna Grady-Wilkins Posted at 02:05pm

Dearly missed**
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Posted at 08:36am
Rest In Peace sweet man...Boomer& Gina & Family
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Hallee

Posted at 07:18pm
I am so sorry for the family’s loss. Death is truly a devastating trial to cope with. May you find comfort from the future promise recorded in Revelation 21:4 which says “he [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more.” We can be certain God will fulfill the words from his word the Bible.
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