Adam Craig Groupe

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Born in Maywood, Illinois on August 5, 1966

Departed on December 28, 2018 and resided in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Adam Craig Groupe, 52 of Indianapolis, passed away on December 28, 2018. He was born on August 5, 1966 in Maywood, Illinois to the late Harvey and Marcia Groupe.

In his early years, Adam and his parents lived in Hanover Park. The family moved to a new home in Schaumburg right before the birth of his brother Lawrence.

Adam graduated Schaumburg High School in 1984. He was on the wrestling team until he was sidelined by a knee injury. He wanted to stay involved in sports, so he became a Trainer for the football team. This interest led him to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine, which he truly loved. Not surprisingly, his favorite TV show in those days was “Emergency!”, much to his little brother’s chagrin.

Adam was involved with Boy Scouts and became an Explorer Scout which allowed him the opportunity to be a police cadet. He later became a dispatcher, fireman and Emergency Medical Technician. He pursued his career in Emergency Management and was the Deputy Director for the Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency, a position he held for 17 years. He was an adjunct professor at Vincennes University, and was a certified FEMA and Department of Homeland Security instructor. He volunteered with TSA.

Adam’s passion in life was helping others. He would tell you otherwise, but he was great with kids. He was a great partner, listener, and friend. He could calm people down with a few words or the touch of a hand.

Adam was preceded in death by his parents Harvey and Marcia Groupe (Smolensky) and his former wife Holly Ellis (Miller).

Adam is survived by his brother Lawrence Groupe and his wife Sonia, fiancée Molly Brosseit, her children Susan and Colin, and many friends.

Services will be held at Westlawn Cemetery Chapel, 7801 W Montrose Ave. Norridge, IL 60706, on January 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. CT.


You may make memorial donations in Adam’s name to:

American Heart Association

6500 Technology Center Dr #100

Zionsville, IN 46077


American Diabetes Association

8604 Allisonville Rd

Indianapolis, IN 46250



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  1. Bruce W. Buchanan December 31, 2018 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. I am honored that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. Please let me know if there is more we can do to help celebrate your loved-one’s life.

    My Warmest Regards,

    Bruce W. Buchanan
    4th Generation Owner
    Since 1881

  2. Jennie Downey December 31, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Candle 5We will miss you, my friend.

  3. Kelly Yarde December 31, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Rest In Peace my Brother! I’m going to miss the conversations and Facebook arguments we had. We taught each other plenty over the years and I will never forget the times we had (good and bad)!

  4. Catja December 31, 2018 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Candle 6Adam has been my friend for a long time. He will be missed dearly.

  5. Alex Kessler December 31, 2018 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Candle 7I always remember that Adam would meet up with me and we would go grab some sushi. He would come out and listen to Katie play her music and dance and have a great time. I knew if I ever needed to talk to someone he would be there. He was a good friend and it just doesn’t seem real or fair that he is not here. I’ll miss you Adam. Rest easy and say hi to Whitney for me 💙💙💙

  6. Rhonda McFarland December 31, 2018 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Candle 2I met Adam through my sister-in-law Lynn Grossman he was awesome person and he loved with everything you had so sorry for your loss love always Rhonda McFarland

  7. Rhonda McFarland December 31, 2018 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Candle 2I met Adam through my sister-in-law Lynn Grossman he was an awesome person and loved wholeheartedly he will be missed sorry to the family and to my sister-in-law for your loss

  8. Larry Robb December 31, 2018 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    May you rest in peace my friend

  9. Oz December 31, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace. You will be missed

  10. Dwayne Calder January 1, 2019 at 12:10 am - Reply

    A good fellow and a good friend.

  11. Jennifer Russmann Armstrong January 1, 2019 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Candle 2May you Rest In Peace. You were a warm, caring and witty soul. Your love and support to those who serve this great nation will never be forgotten. May those who mourn have sweet memories of you. Thank you for your friendship..

  12. Rebecca E Blagrave January 1, 2019 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Candle 2Rest in Peace, Adam. I treasure your wisdom, your dedication, and your friendship.

  13. DAN HOLMES January 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Candle 1I met Adam over at Tribune Media and it was a pleasure working with him. May he rest in peace.

  14. Stephanie McKinney January 1, 2019 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Rest In Peace

  15. Wally Paynter January 1, 2019 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Thinking of my friend Adam Groupe Tonight. It seemed like we had dinner at Biaggis at least once a week, and you were always there every month to help when we were making condom kits for local distribution.

    He volunteered with the Tri-State AIDs Holiday Project, making deliveries throughout the Tri-State region. He was motivated to help those with HIV / AIDS in part to losing a very close friend and co-worker in Chicago from the disease.

    Adam, the world is a little less bright with you not in it.

  16. John Steel January 2, 2019 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Candle 1Was shocked to hear about Adam’s passing. It was a pleasure to know you all these years and working with you.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  17. Terrry and Donna Hight January 2, 2019 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Rest in Peace my Friend !

  18. Darrell Thompson January 2, 2019 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Candle 7Going to miss our talks, our political fights and our laughs afterwards. You were always there when I needed someone most. Rest Easy “Deputy Disaster” and try not to cause havoc up there lol. Trouble follows you like a black cloud that’s how you got your nickname. Still unbelievable you’re gone.

  19. Anna Bentley January 2, 2019 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Candle 1I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Adam’s passing. He was truly one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever known. He could make anyone smile and the world is a sadder place without him. 💔

  20. Barbara Bavido January 2, 2019 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Oh Adam. How you will be missed by many many alum. But, mostly by me your buddy for so many years. RIP my friend, until we meet again.

  21. Gina Runnion January 2, 2019 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Candle 2We went to high school together and reconnected at our class reunion. You were a great friend. I will miss you Adam. The world is a little less bright with you not in it. Rest In Peace my friend.

  22. Debbie Guffey January 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Candle 3Fair Winds and following seas Adam. You will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss.
    God Speed Adam. You suffer no more.

  23. Mike Landefeld January 2, 2019 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Candle 7Thank you for all of the laughs and being a devoted public servant and friend. You touched so many lives, and you will be dearly missed. God Speed and Peaceful Rest.

  24. James Leatherman January 2, 2019 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Rest in peace buddy

  25. Dana January 2, 2019 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Candle 8RIP Adam

  26. Andy January 2, 2019 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Rest in Peace Adam. You will be missed. : _ (

  27. Roger Axe January 2, 2019 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Candle 4Adam and I shared a passion for watches. He was a great guy and always interesting. He gave so much and will be missed.

  28. Susie and Gerald January 2, 2019 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Candle 6Thank you, Adam, for sharing your knowledge of disaster preparedness and response with the world, and for being a trusted, loyal, supportive friend to so many of us. You are gone too soon, but you found peace and happiness and the love of your life with Molly. No more suffering from medical or career setbacks.

  29. Brian Schmuck, Lt Col, CAP January 2, 2019 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Adam was a great friend and mentor. I learned a lot from him as a professional, but more than that I watched him put so much compassion into emergency management. Adam, you will be missed.

  30. Cheryl Musgrave January 2, 2019 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    I had the pleasure of working with Adam in Vanderburgh County. He made everyone feel at ease and secure. Please accept my deepest sympathy on his passing.

    • Deborah Moritz January 3, 2019 at 4:06 am - Reply

      Candle 1I’ll miss you Adam and I’m very happy we had one last Portillos run.

  31. Melissa Maday and John Sheldon January 2, 2019 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Adam was a wonderful friend and a truly outstanding human being. We will miss his kind, loving presence in this world. Sending our deepest condolences to Lawrence, Molly, Susan, and Colin.

  32. Kathy Dayhoff-Dwyer January 2, 2019 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Candle 4My thoughts and prayers to Adam’s Family. You will be sadly missed and I pray that your memories will bring them peace.

  33. Jane Snelling January 2, 2019 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Candle 5Such a good man. He volunteered with EMA and when I transferred to Evansville Police Department, he became Deputy Director for EMA. RIP Adam. Until we meet again.

  34. Carolyn James January 2, 2019 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Candle 3I first met Adamwhen he worked for EMA. I got to know him and become friends with him when he was the trainer for the Evansville Enforcers semi-pro football team. We maintained that friendship after he moved to Indianapolis. He will be greatly missed.

  35. Mary Pearson-Dornbusch January 2, 2019 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    If there is anyone who can be classified as a pure gentleman, it is Adam. He took us on his journey in life and always faced the music. I talked to him a few weeks ago. Such a soothing voice. Love you my friend. XO

  36. Scott Richardson January 3, 2019 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Candle 2You will be missed Brother.

  37. Sherman G. Greer January 3, 2019 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Adam thank you for your service to Evansville/Vanderburgh Co. You will be miss by many. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  38. Paul Grossman January 3, 2019 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Candle 2I met Adam in High School, assigned alphebetically in the locker room. We became friends when he helped deal with a bully. Years later he provided security for a group of my friends. He always had your back. When I had a notion to host the 35th Schaumburg High School Reunion, it was Adam who pushed to make it a reality. We chatted on Facebook for nine years. Occasionally we debated topics, but always intelligently and respectfully. He always asked me and others to meet up with him at Portillo’s whenever he got back to Chicago which I will miss dearly. Rest in peace my friend.

  39. Lindsay Shipps January 3, 2019 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Candle 1Adam was a consummate profession in thought and action. I enjoyed chatting with him and keeping up with him despite the distance between us. Adam stewarded in young and old a passion and desire to help those the right way– via FEMA, NIMS and DHS protocols. I learned so much from him and thank the Evansville County EMA for allowing many of us the opportunity to be guided by his knowledge and led by his strength of character. May his memory be a blessing.

    On behalf of all Civil Air Patrol colleagues,
    Lindsay Shipps, Lt Col, CAP

  40. Jeff Green January 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Adam was a great friend I knew him in high school as a trainer, lost track after high school. With social media I found him again. His death was a total shock.
    Im going to miss my friend GO SAXONS

    Rest In Peace

  41. Lisa Janci Colburn January 3, 2019 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Rest In Peace Adam🙏

  42. Mary Arnold January 3, 2019 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Candle 5I am in a unique position to write about Adam, since I worked with him for seventeen (17) years at Evansville- Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency.
    Sadness entered the hearts of those of us fortunate to have made the acquaintance and become friends of Adam. He was a young man eager to learn all he could about emergency services, advancing in Homeland Security’s emergency management division, his career field of interest, and in serving his community.
    As an instructor for the Indiana department of Homeland Security, Adam trained dozens of people in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which will be part of his legacy as time goes on. He was also adjunct instructor in the Homeland Security Department at Vincennes University where he shared his love of and commitment to emergency service.
    Adam volunteered in the community with organizations associated with maintaining human and animal rights. He supported groups working for civil rights for all. He rescued his beloved greyhounds, who he thought of and treated like his own children. Adam enjoyed telling stories about his fluffy cat that he had as a younger man. He even tried his hand at K-9 Search and Rescue until injured in a fall while out on a mission.
    Everyone who had the privilege of meeting and knowing Adam has fond memories of the man he was, the way he considered others, and his love for his pets. The American Heart Association will receive a donation from the group in memory of Adam.
    Some of those he touched at EMA have signed below. With sorrow in loss.

    Cliff A. Weaver, Director, EMA,
    Nicholas J. Adams, Deputy Director, EMA,
    Mary Arnold, Secretary, EMA,
    Tonda Dixon, Field Coordinator, IDHS,
    Danny Garvin,
    James Gowan,
    Donna Hight,
    Terry Hight, former Field Coordinator, IDHS,
    Chris Lantaff,
    Terry McCrarey,
    John Nelson,
    Tracee Nelson,
    Rick Roos,
    Mark Thienes,
    Max Wilkinson,
    Ken Wire,
    Kelly Yarde,

  43. David Ballew January 3, 2019 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Candle 1On behalf of the Vanderburgh County CERT, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to Adam’s family and friend’s.
    I worked with Adam for several years and appreciate the knowledge that he passed on whether it be in a class or a side conversation.
    You will be missed my friend,

  44. Ray Brooks January 3, 2019 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    RIP My Friend.

  45. Jan Crider January 4, 2019 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Candle 7It has been my pleasure to work with Adam on so many projects. And enjoyed our long conversations on Messenger after we both left the Emergency Management Universe.

    Adam will be missed. My sympathies to his family and especially to Molly and her children. I know he was so glad to be back in Indiana after the time spent apart because of his broken leg. So, glad Molly, that you came into his life.

  46. Angie January 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Candle 4I met Adam at a narcan training I set up with some local Uber and Lyft drivers through the MCHD! We were aware of the opioid epidemic and did not want anyone to die on our watch! He was a compassionate and caring man yet sometimes a little rough on the noob drivers. RIP my friend

  47. John Pease January 4, 2019 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Candle 7I have been reading all of these heart felt post in memory of Adam. WOW ! He has touched so many of us. I had the pleasure of working with Adam for several years at Vand. Co. EMA. I learned so many things from this man about public service. Adam also took the time to sit and talk with me as friends. So many memories, some very funny, some serious, and none will be forgotten.
    Thanks Adam,

  48. Awbrey Brosseit January 4, 2019 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Candle 6You have been taken far, far too soon, my friend. I was so glad when you came into Molly’s life and the kids’ lives; seeing you interact with them and seeing how happy everyone was as a family in the household made my heart full to bursting with joy. You may never have let them call you anything close to dad, but you filled a father figure role for them, you were a role model for them both, a teacher and a friend and family all in one, and loved them as your own. You were a wonderful person to co-parent with, and always (you and Molly both!!) had something funny or awesome to share with Anthony & I. I hope that you are resting easy and filling the hereafter with memes and laughter just as you filled the lives around you with memes and laughter.

  49. Teresa Mitchell January 5, 2019 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Candle 1I never met Adam, but had many conversations with him on Facebook. Your rideshare fellow drivers will miss your conversations, advice and humor. RIP

  50. Audrey Patton January 5, 2019 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Candle 4In our group wasn’t a day you didn’t make us laugh. In I know you was ready to come back soon. So with the next rides we shall now have you as a wingman. The posts you made often where never without a smile,kind word. Or a good debate. May your rest in heaven. May your love of this (you spoke of often) & family find some comfort an peace.

  51. Tammy D. Moon January 5, 2019 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Candle 1My sincerest condolences & prayers to your family. We’re so going to miss you! RIP!!!

  52. Geri Swaney January 5, 2019 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Candle 1I’m so very sorry for your loss, Molly. Sending prayers for you and your children.

  53. Suzann Collins January 5, 2019 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Candle 4I met Adam in elementary school and we continued in school together through high school. I recall the many times we walked home from SHS together and our numerous conversations after we reconnected on Facebook. Truly one the most caring funny people I have ever known. You talked me through some dark days my friend. Gone too soon. Rest In Peace.

  54. Woody and Rachel Woodall January 5, 2019 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Candle 6Rest easy brother. We’ll take it from here!

  55. Bob Pointer January 6, 2019 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Candle 7I worked with Adam during floods, tornados, storms, Fall Festivals, Thunder on the Ohio events and many training sessions.
    You will be missed my friend.

  56. Tina January 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Rest On High Adam

  57. Jeff Grimshaw January 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Adam, you always were one of the cooler siblings that any of my friends had– you acted as a gatekeeper for your little brother and kept away those people that didn’t pass muster!

    I passed muster (or you gave up on me early on)!

    I have always had good thoughts about you, and and sad to hear you moved on. You are missed!


  58. Joseph P. Gumienski January 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Candle 1he was good and decent man his dry wit and smile will be greatly missed by all

  59. Jackie February 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Adam was such a great friend. We enjoyed quality time together before he passed. I wish I could hold and hug him one more time. Adam will be forever missed and loved by me.

    Miss you honey.

  60. Eileen Pierre April 24, 2019 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I didn’t really know Adam in highschool but have seen him in the hallway at school and later much after highschool we talked alittle on Facebook and he would comment on some things I said with a positive opinion..Good person..

  61. Sharod May 30, 2019 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Candle 2I’m so sry bro. May u rest easy.

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