Daniel R. “Danny” Groce - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Daniel R. “Danny” Groce

January 29, 1952 - May 30, 2022

Daniel R. “Danny” Groce, age 70, of Newark, DE passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on January 29, 1952, he was a son of Shirley (Kennedy) Groce and the late John Groce. Danny made his career as a dock loader for Avon Products, retiring after 30 dedicated years of service.

Danny was an avid Phillies fan. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially taking nature walks and attending their sporting events.

Danny is survived by his loving wife, Wendy J. (Wertman) Groce, mother, Shirley (Kennedy) Groce; son, Ryan Groce (Kara); daughter, Jessie Greenleaf (Brian); brothers, John Groce, and Thomas Groce; and 6 grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, Ryan, Emma, Savannah, Chase, Jacob, and Madelyn.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 pm until 4 pm on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where the funeral service will begin at 4 pm. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Danny’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38102 or by clicking here.



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22 Condolences for Daniel R. “Danny” Groce

  • Wendy and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Danny passing away. I know you will all miss him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Hold on to those precious memories. Love-
    Andy and Tina

  • Wendy, Mike and I are so sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. He was always such a nice person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Wendy and Family,
    Our family sends our heart felt condolence along with lots of prayers. Danny was a good guy. I remember the picnics at Mam &Paps and at your Mom and Dad’s house. He was a good guy. Lots of fun. He will be missed. Take care.


  • Praying God blankets ya’ll during this season of life. God Bless Uncle Danny

  • Wendy & family,
    Our prayers & thoughts are with you all now & as time goes by.
    Hold dearly to your lovely thoughts & moments in time you all had with Danny.

  • Dear Wendy and family,
    We were so very sad to hear about Danny. He was a great guy always so nice. I enjoyed many years working with him at Avon. We will remember the nice dinners out and the fun we had with you two. Sending our love and a big hug as you grieve for a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.
    Love, Kevin and Kathy Fraze

  • Jess and family, it’s never easy but memories will help keep dad alive in your heart. Condolences to you, Brian and family

  • What a great man.The world needs more Like him in it. Vaya con dios Danny.

  • Way too soon and he will be missed by many.. I know Danny would rather be sitting in his boat with Jacob waiting for a fish that may decide to take the hook. I really don’t think Danny cared if he caught anything or not. He just enjoyed the peaceful time spent with his grandson. He never said no (ok rarely) to his grandchildren. I think he budgeted twenty dollars for every Little League game,just for snacks for the grandkids. I know he preferred fishing to going to Maple Valley Swim Club with the kids, but occasionally Wendy would get him there, I really think he enjoyed it.
    We are saddened by the void that Danny’s death has caused for the Groce and Greenleaf families, but hopefully they are strong and will support each other.

  • Wendy and Family, Our hearts grieve with you over this great loss. Danny was a kind and gracious man and a superb grandfather. We will pray for comfort and peace for each of you in the days ahead.

  • Dear Wendy and family,
    Our condolences and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Danny was a great friend, kind person and fun to be with, and we really enjoyed our time and adventures with you both over the years. We’ll cherish those memories for the rest of our lives, and hope you can find comfort with yours.
    Love, Dave and Sherry

  • We were so sorry and so surprised to hear of Danny’s passing. I have been remembering all of the good times we shared in Windy Hills and I get a big smile on my face. He was a great family man, friend and neighbor. Heaven is surely getting a good one.

  • Played many a sandlot baseball and football games with Danny in the village back in the day. Hurts the heart to hear of his passing. RIP my friend.

  • Dear Wendy and family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. We are proud to have known him and the wonderful example he left behind for his family. May God be with you all.

  • 25 years ago I began hunting in White Clay Park. I was on a trail, lost, and looking at my map. Dan came along and walked me to my stand even though his stand was on the other side of the area. This was the start of a friendship that I thoroughly enjoyed and will greatly miss.
    I’ll miss his messages with pictures of the fish caught by his son and grandson. I laughed at a picture of his Durango’s Odometer with 200,00 miles on it.
    My sincere sympathy to Wendy and his family that he loved so much.
    I wish everyone could have a Dan Groce as a friend. The world would be a lot better for it.

  • I worked with Danny for many years at Avon. He was a great friend and he will be missed. My sympathies for the family

    Tom Patille

  • Please accept my sincere condolences to Danny’s family. I went to school with Danny from 1st grade to 12th grade. Was a really good guy! We had some fun times in school. RIP my friend!

  • Please accept my sincere condolences to Danny’s family! Went to school with him from elementary school to High school. He was a good guy. Had a lot of fun in school. RIP my friend!

  • To the Groce family, our deepest Condolences on your loss.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you are surrounded by those who love and support you through this difficult time. I want to offer you my thoughts of comfort during this sorrowful time. I hope you are feeling the love of your Heavenly Father. My deepest sympathy 💐 The Goodwin Family 🙏

  • Sorry to hear about Danny passing. Prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🥲 are with you.
    Love 💕 Mary (sissy)

  • Dear Wendy and Family:
    I am very sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.