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

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

Jim treasured his long and rewarding career in Journalism. He was an award-winning Journalist who worked for various newspapers, including the Youngstown Vindicator and Columbus Citizens Journal. He then served as Capitol Reporter in Washington, D.C., for the Scripps-Howard News Network. This tenure was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 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, D.C.

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, Calif.; son David (Jordyn) Grohl of Encino, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Violet, Harper, and Ophelia Grohl. He leaves his brother, Tom Grohl of Howland; nephew Brian Grohl of Los Angeles; and niece Sara Grohl of Arlington, Va.

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, D.C.

Visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to view this tribute and send condolences.

Arrangements by the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, 126 West Park Ave., Niles, OH 44446.

Guestbook Entries

Warren, Ohio

“Our deepest condolences to the family... May you find peace and joy in the memory of your loved one.”

 » Becky Wyndham on August 8, 2014

“Sorry for your loss, Mr.Grohl was a great writer and an even better person. ”

 » John Less on August 9, 2014


“Although Jim may have found his peace, my heart breaks for his family. Deepest and saddest condolences.”

 » Lynne F. on August 28, 2014

“Renie -- Kim and I are just learning this now, and are deeply saddened. Our most sincere sympathies for your loss. Jim was a great and iconic friend. Tom G”

 » Tom Gibson on August 22, 2014


“Renie, You may remember me from your time at the Finance Board and remember you fondly. I am so very sorry for your loss. Do contact me when you are in D.C. ”

 » Sylvia Martinez  on August 22, 2014

“I'm so sorry for your loss Renie. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."”

 » Sharon Phillips on August 25, 2014

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