Kevin C. Grupe, Sr.


Kevin C. Grupe Sr., 61 passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on December 7, 2018. Born in Niskayuna, NY on August 19, 1957, he was the son of Donald and Sandra Grupe. He was a graduate of Galway High School and SUNY Cobleskill.

Kevin was a hard-working dairy farmer, tending to his family farm in Ballston Spa the majority of his life. He most recently worked on the Eildon Tweed Farm in Charlton. Kevin was devoted to his work and to his family. Farming was his passion in life and he worked as long as he was physically able. You could always find him holding court somewhere on the farm, swapping the latest jokes and stories, even if he was the butt of the joke.

Kevin started young, joining 4-H and Future Farmers of America, winning many awards in each group, particularly after operating the farm in his young teens while his dad was taken ill. He was very active in Farm Bureau throughout his life and was a past member and EMT of the Harmony Corners Fire Department. For many years he served on the board of the Saratoga County Fair and was fair manager.

Kevin is survived by his beloved girlfriend Diane Coleman; children Kevin Grupe, Jr. (Doris), Justin Grupe (Kelly), and Nicole Solomon (Todd); grandchildren Tyler, Alex, Brandon, Keira, Andrew, and Kane; brother Clifford Grupe (Tammie); sister Kathy Chase (Rick).

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, December 12 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Sweetman Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 11 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kevin’s name to the American Farmland Trust which “Saves the Land that Sustains Us”, 112 Spring Street, Suite 207, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Guest Book

Carol Troost

I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember the sparkle in Kevin's eyes. He was one of my students at GHS. He brought a light to any day.

Doug Lake

Prayers and thoughts to family.....so sorry for your loss....gone too early....

Dave Pettit

So very sorry to hear of Kevins passing May he rest in peace and God be with him and all his family

Jim & LeeAnn Salisbury

We were sadden to here of your loss of Kevin. Our thoughts and prayers of comfort and peace are with all of you at this difficult time. RIP Kevin

Rich Bennett

Kevin certainly loved farming. Loved it so much that every Thursday at Cobleskill, he’d run right from his last class to his car to get home as quick as he could.

On the outside, Kevin might have had a gruff personality. But inside, he had a heart of gold. Always kept us entertained that’s for sure. Small in size. Big in personality.

And he was always true to the FFA Creed, especially this part:

“I believe that to live and work on a farm is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.”

John Epting

Kevin will be missed he was always getting into something, but was a true friend, who would give you the shirt off his back. Rest in peace Kevin

Jay and Laura Sopczak

We were sad to hear of Kevin's passing. We miss him stopping into the store with his smile and energy. Kevin could make anyone laugh! He has a wonderful sense of humor and he will be greatly missed.

Jo-Ann and Frank Griffin

A great friend who will always be missed. You fought the good fight and surely were still swinging at the end.

Rest in peace my friend

Liz Holub

We are so saddened by the news of Kevin's passing. I remember seeing him last summer at a memorial service for a mutual friend. Had no idea he would be leaving this Earth so soon. This was truly sad news. Rest in peace Cousin Kevin.

Melissa Miller

So sorry for your loss. Kevin was a great man who will be missed. It was always nice seeing him at the fair and working along side him on calls with Harmony Corners Fire.

Patricia Metz

Sorry for your loss. I worked at Scotch Church Stewart's and saw Kevin every day. Some days two or three times. He made most of my days.

Andy & Vicki Imperati

So sorry for your broken hearts. Sending prayers of strength.

Vicki Ramotar

I’m so deeply saddened about Kevin’s passing and sorry for your loss, family members. I remember Kevin from elementary school on and some very funny and fun memories come to mind growing up with Kathy. I love you all and send prayers for peace at this very difficult time.

Andrea @ Galway Post Office

Kevin, You were an inspiration to anyone who knew you. I only knew you a short time but I enjoyed our visits.
May your family find comfort knowing you aren't in pain anymore. Thank you for your kindness.

Jeremy Chait

Our deepest condolences to you and your families during this tough time. Sending our love from Florida

Karen Peterson aka Fornal

Dear Kevin, you were a one of a kind and a good friend since our days when I met you and Cindy at SUNY Cobleskill. God be with you today and always. You were always one of those hard working dairy farmers and took care and loved your family fiercely. You will be truly missed by many. Love you and be at peace my friend

Denise (Reynolds) Thompson

Our thoughts and prayers for the family at this sad time.

Carmen Laporta

My condolences to Don, Sandy and the entire family.
Kevin is now in a place where he will no longer suffer in pain.
Rest in peace.