Todd Stacy De Groff, 60, of Indianapolis died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. Todd was a grateful heart transplant recipient, father, husband, writer, former musician, attorney, judge, adjunct college professor, and OTR truck driver. He was a proud and compassionate liberal, free-thinking skeptic who freely shared his opinions, whether you agreed with them or not.
Todd grew up in Whippany, NJ, and eventually moved with his family to Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from North Central High School and went on to lU, eventually dropping out for two and a half years to drive a truck for Bekins Van Lines. After returning to college, Todd completed his BA in English Literature and went on to law school at lU. His father Arthur and mother June, Father in Law Arlen Johnson of Underwood predeceased him.
Todd mostly made his living as an attorney but he was a writer at heart and a teacher by nature. He was constantly and insatiably curious, teaching himself about archaeology, history, politics, and physics. He always had at least four books underway at once.
Nora and Driftwood Hills are now better places to live in part because of Todd’s extensive volunteer work, including as a First Baptist baseball coach, and as a board member of the Washington Township Parent Council and board member and attorney for the Nora-Northside Community Council.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Melissa, his 17 year old son Wylie, his brother Bob and ex-sister in law Bobbie of Bloomington, his nephew Brian of Greenwood, Beverly Johnson, Mother-in-law of Underwood and many friends. Special thanks to Maria and Pat Rhoda, as well as the compassionate staff of Fresenius and nurses of St. Vincent’s Hospital and Wellbrooke of Westfield.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Leppert Mortuary in Nora, 740 E. 86th St., with visitation at 5:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to your favorite charity. To share a memory, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.