08/19/2012 5:43PM

Former racing secretary Groce dies at 73


Warren Groce, who served for many years as a racing official in the Midwest, including stints as racing secretary at a handful of tracks, died Aug. 4 in Louisiana following a lengthy illness. He was 73.

Besides working as racing secretary at Hoosier Park, Ellis Park, Jefferson Downs, and Evangeline Downs, Groce also worked as a racing official at a number of other tracks. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Brenda.

Jerry keeley More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry I'm a year late here but i just recently hear about his passing and I'd like to say something if I may. I'd like to send my condolences to Mrs Brenda and his family and express my deepest sympathy for their loss. I haven't seen him in years but he was a wonderful life of the party fun guy to be around. I knew him from my childhood neighborhood and when I worked at the Jefferson Downs Racetrack in Kenner, la where he was the Racing Secretary. I cherish all the memories and good times I shared with this wonderful man and his family. I remember when I was not quite 18 in 1973 when we had a foot race in the parking lot of his Bar and he smoked me and I was in good shape... I couldn't believe how fast he was. I was going into the Marines and when he found out bless his heart he treated me like I was some kind of war hero. I have lots of good memories of how gracious and wonderful this man treated people. I don't recall many people around my days that could hold a candle to this guy. I'm very sad to hear about his passing, I was very fond of Mr. Warren. I feel so bad for Mrs Brenda and I hope and pray her and her family are doing okay. I wish I could find the words to say more because you surely deserve but I'm just not good at this kind of stuff. Good bye Mr. Warren, your memories are in my heart forever. Rest in peace, Jerry Keeley.
Donna Porter More than 1 year ago
Max and I were deeply saddened by the passing of Warren Groce. Warren was a great racing secretary and it was our pleasure to work for him for many years. He will be missed very much. I know this is a difficult time for his family, however, if it is any consolation, Warren was very much admired and respected, by all who knew him and I can truly say that I never heard an unkind word spoken about him. All of us who worked for him thought the world of him. Warren was a remarkable man and anyone who worked for him is a better person for having known him. Please extend our deepest sympathy to Brenda and his wonderful family. May you all find the strength and courage to get through the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
William Pettingill More than 1 year ago
Very sorry to hear about the death of a first class man and racing official. I had the pleasure of working with The Scrapper at several tracks, funny man always kept it interesting, will be missed.
kandice dunn More than 1 year ago
Thank you everyone for remembering my wonderful papa . He was many people's bestfriend and knew how too bring a smile too everyone's face. He is already missed by our whole family and many others .
Shannon Dunn More than 1 year ago
I just wanted Thank everyone for recognizing and remembering the wonderful man my Papa (Dad) was. He is already sorely missed by our family. He brought laughter and fun to every single day he was around. Went out of his way to make sure his whole family was happy and we wouldnt be who we are today without what he has done for us all. Thanks again from our family!!! Shannon Groce
David More than 1 year ago
Warren was an asset to the sport, and well liked and respected by all that had the pleasure to work with him. He will be sorely missed. Goodbye old friend.
Keith Kelley More than 1 year ago
It was my pleasure to work with and for Warren C. Groce at Trinity Meadows, Sportsmans Park, Ellis Park and Hoosier Park. He was a fine Racing Secretary and a friend to the horsemen wherever he happened to be. The racing community will miss him and I will forever have fond memories of our times as officials together.