James Harper Grohl

December 9, 1938 ~ August 6, 2014 (age 75)


Howland - James Harper Grohl, 75, of Howland Township and Walnut Creek, California passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 with his family at his side.

James was born December 9, 1938 in Canton, Ohio, the son of Alois and Ruth V. (Bonebrake) Grohl.

Jim treasured his long and rewarding career in Journalism. He was an Award Winning Journalist that worked for various newspapers, including the Youngstown Vindicator and Columbus Citizens Journal. He then served as Capitol Reporter in Washington DC for the Scripps-Howard News Network. This tenure was interrupted by his service in the United States Army in 1961-1964, where he edited the Stars and Stripes Army newspaper in Stuttgart, Germany during the sixties.

Jim served as the Special Assistant to Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio. He finished his career as Senior Vice President of the U.S. Savings and Loan League and as a Political Consultant in Washington, DC.

Jim enjoyed his retirement each day by reading every major newspaper and critiquing the writers and content. He was a talented political observer who possessed the ability to call every major election with uncanny accuracy. An avid fly fisherman, a good trout stream provided his favorite recreation.

He leaves to cherish his memory wife Renie (Yoshida) Grohl; the mother of his children, Virginia Hanlon Grohl; daughter, Lisa Grohl of Sherman Oaks, California; son, David (Jordyn) Grohl of Encino, California; three grandchildren, Violet, Harper, Ophelia Grohl. He leaves his brother Tom Grohl of Howland; nephew, Brian Grohl of Los Angeles, California and niece, Sara Grohl of Arlington, Virginia.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Daniel.

At his request there will be no local calling hours or funeral service. There will be a Memorial Service in Washington, DC.

Arrangements by the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, 126 West Park Avenue, Niles, Ohio 44446 330-652-4311

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