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UPDATE Accident victim focused on health, family

By Elliot Mann

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Family, friends and co-workers say James Groby, the 58-year-old Rochester man who was bicycling to work Friday when he was struck by a truck and killed, had been focusing on improving his health.

Groby was biking to work at Adamson Motors, where he had been a salesman for the past 15 years. Family members and co-workers said he had started to focus on improving his health with a routine of swimming at the Rochester Area Family Y in the morning and biking to work a few days each week.

The Minnesota State Patrol said Groby was struck by the truck near the U.S. 52 exit ramp at 37th Street Northwest on Friday morning. He died from his injuries.

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Groby, is survived by his wife of 38 years, Joanne, four children and seven grandchildren.

"He loved people and he loved God," Joanne Groby said Saturday morning. "He loved spending time with his grandkids and he was one who liked to tell jokes and laugh."

Family was often a theme of Groby’s conversation at Adamson Motors, said Jeff Schaefer, vice president at the dealership.

On Saturday, Schaefer said Adamson employees were shocked by the news. Groby’s strong work ethic set an example for everyone, he said.

"He’s been here for a number of years. He’s a fixture at the store," Schaefer said.

"Jim was a great guy and his best attribute was that he was a really hard worker."

Away from work, Groby enjoyed going to the Family Y — he had recently lost more than 30 pounds. He loved spending time his family as well as golf.

But Joanne said her late husband liked hitting the links most of all.

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"He was a golfer. That was where it began and ended," she said.

"He golfed all the different courses — Zumbrota, Pine Island, Maple Valley. He was all over."

Family members and co-workers said Groby, who grew up in Pine Island, will be dearly missed.

"Jim will certainly be missed," Schaefer said.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday at Rochester Assembly of God, 4240 18th Ave. N.W.

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