Archie Lewis Grooms
Archie L. Grooms passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at Westview Health Care Center at the age of 95. Cremation has taken place and per his wishes, later to be announced, there will be a celebration of life gathering next summer, followed by his ashes along with his wife's to be scattered in the Big Horn Mountains.
Archie was a Sheridan native born to Lafe and Amelia Grooms and was the fifth of 10 children. He grew up attending Sheridan schools and was a guard on the 1946 S.H.S. State champion football team.
Archie met and married the love of his life Arlene Wood and were married in Reno, Nevada on December 4, 1948. They were married 53 years until her passing in 2001. He and Arlene raised 3 daughters, Janet Evans (Mike), Peggy Miller (Rob), and Tammy Ketcham (Steve), all of Sheridan.
Archie became a bricklayer/stonemason in 1951 and worked for over 50 years until his retirement, having worked for companies such as Turner Masonry, Husman Brothers and lastly Thompson-Master Masons. His work ethic, skill and dedication was second to none.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, snowmobiling, and especially anything that involved fun family gatherings in which he was game to try it all. He believed that most anything could be fixed with duct tape, silicone caulk, a hammer and maybe a screwdriver, and no carburetor was safe in his presence. There's a favorite family saying, “There's the right way, the wrong way, and there's Archie's way” and he lived that life to the very end.
Archie is preceded in death by his parents, all nine siblings, his wife Arlene and 1 grandson. He is survived by his daughters, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren with numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Sheridan Dog & Cat Shelter, 84 East Ridge Road, Sheridan, WY 82801; Sheridan Bronc Booster Club, 1605 Long Dr., Sheridan, WY 82801; the Sheridan Food Bank, 1141 Crook St., Sheridan, WY 82801 or a memorial of your choosing.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.