Ernest Groppe

Ernest Robert Groppe, 89, of Woodway, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Graveside Service: 9:30AM Wednesday, July 29, at Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Charles Howard officiating. No visitation is planned.

Ernest was born November 14, 1930 to August, Jr. and Louise (Zahn) Groppe in Bynum. The family later moved to West where Ernest attended school, graduating in 1948. On July 1, 1961, he married Polly J. McKinnon in Waco. Ernest worked at General Tire for 35 years and Tejas Logistics for 10 years, before retiring. Ernest was a longtime member of St. John United Church of Christ in Robinson. He loved his family, especially the grandchildren. He was a warrior for his family and a servant to the Lord.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of fifty-two years, Polly Groppe; and brother, Oliver Groppe.

Survivors include his children, Tony Sorrentino and wife Cookie of China Spring, Patricia Sorrentino of Woodway, and Robert Groppe and wife Sheryl of Crawford; four grandchildren, Jennifer and Bryan Davis, Morgan Heintzen, and Matthew Groppe; and great grandchildren, Reece Dougherty and Carter Davis. He is also survived by his brother, Herbert Groppe; sister, Rosie Mae Groppe; and many nieces and nephews.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Kevin Groppe, Gerald Groppe, Greg Groppe, Matthew Groppe, Bryan Davis, and Eric Heintzen.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Catherine Center as well as Providence Hospice for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to one’s favorite charity.

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Place of Service: Oakwood Cemetery , 2124 S.5th St.; Waco, TX 76706

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  1. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tony Sorrentino and Family for your loss!

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort help you during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 & Psalms 83:18). Jesus prayed for God’s Kingdom to come because He knew it would intervene to solve all mankind’s problems even sickness and death. (Revelation 21:3,4 & Daniel 2:44).


    Tony, Patricia, Robert, Sheryl and family, I am so sorry to read about your dad. My dad thought so highly of him as a co-worker at General Tire. Then we met Mrs. McKinnon as our favorite teacher at Brook Avenue, and subsequently Polly. My mom kept in contact with them, and then Patricia, until her death. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Family of Calvin & Mildred Adams:
    Donna Adams Zemanek; Janet Adams Slaughter

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