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“Hello. I am one of Justin's neighbors at Princeton Court Apartments. This has been a week of disbelief and shock to me and my neighbors as we have...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Lesa Berry - Plymouth, MI

“In our 4 years together I was honored to witness Justin's smile, laugh, compassion, work ethic, diplomacy, and intelligence on a daily basis. Such...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Kaitlin Blanchard - Harrison Twp, MI

“So sorry for your loss Uncle Jim and Jennifer. Circumstances have kept me from the pleasure of knowing Justin as an adult, but I will always...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Timothy Williams - Stevensville, MI

“Taken so soon from the arms of his family, but now safe in the arms of his Maker. My love and prayers are with all of you. Rest in peace, Justin. ...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Aunt Jo Kosnik - Sterling Hts, MI

“Deepest sympathies to Justin's family for their loss. I worked with Justin and I can attest to his skills and dedication. He was first and foremost a...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Jim Brink - Seattle, WA

“Many thoughts and prayers to you Jim and Jennifer in the sad loss of Justin. May you find strength in loving memories of him. Rest in Peace Justin....Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Cindy Grone - Yalef - Family

“So sorry for your loss.. I worked at club 11 where I met him such a good person gone too soon.till we meet again RIP till we meet again. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Tammy Beste - Ira, MI - Friend

“Justin was a great person, who I will always remember. He spent much time with my family and I and was looked at as being a part of our family. He...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Donald Maybe ller - Lima, OH

“Justin was kind, compassionate, intelligent, funny, & hardworking. We have many fond memories of our times spent with him. Justin, and family, you...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Teri & Ed Blanchard - MI

“First I would like to share my deepest condolences to Justin's Father James and Sister Jennifer. Words can't express how I feel right now. Justin...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Barry Bates - Wayne, MI - Friend

11 of 12 | Posted by: Conrad and Rosemarie Skorupski - OH

“So sorry for everyones loss, i met justin through my twin brother barry, who worked with him at ricardo. We went on drives in our individual hot rods...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Terry Bates - Westland, MI

Justin Gerard Grone, age 38 of Plymouth, Michigan, died Saturday, March 23, 2019 at home. He was born February 14, 1981 (A Valentine's Baby) in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, son of James Gerard and the late Karen Helene (nee: Harbison) Grone.

As they grow up and begin their journey in life, most boys seem to excel at something. For some it may be sports,…others seem to shine in math or science,…then there are the boys who are obviously drawn to "all things mechanical," and that's where this little bio of Justin begins. It was an average day when his Dad just happened to be wrenching on the lawn mower. Justin watched as his Dad worked on the machine, as his interest grew by the minute. Not content to simply take it in visually, Justin offered to step in and help,…and, amazingly, seemed to be quite comfortable in the realm of mechanics. It was more than merely a skill set or a talent, it was the evidence of a gift,…a special dispensation given to Justin that would mold and direct his path, his career, and many of the passions he held dear.

Following high school, Justin's desire to grow and learn led him to enroll at Northwestern Technical College where he ultimately attained his Associates Degree in High Performance Motor Sports. There he learned the finer points of automotive mechanics and simply added that to his "Toolbox of Knowledge." Together with his gift and this newfound training, Justin's abilities were recognized and put to work as a mechanic for the folks at Firestone. Yet his sights were set much higher than merely wrenching on cars. To be sure, Justin LOVED cars and helping to get them in tip-top shape,…but there was something greater calling him forth, and eventually the window of opportunity opened for Justin to join the team at Ricardo, a global engineering firm that provided him the challenges he sought to express the innovative mind that lie within. It is at Ricardo that Justin would rise from the realm of technician to the more prestigious role as Instrumentation Engineer in Research & Prototype Development. He had come a long way since that afternoon with Dad working on the lawn mower.

Working was definitely the key word for Justin. He worked a LOT and was always plugged in. When thinking about hobbies or favorite pastimes away from the job, you'd have to drag him away from work first,…and that was next to impossible. But at least he was doing something he loved and was extremely passionate about. But amidst all that work, Justin did manage to entertain some of his other passions,…like that of his gun collection. From pistols to long guns, he sported quite the assortment of firearms and was proud of what he had acquired over time. And not merely guns, but bullets as well. Call it a fascination or attraction, there was certainly no doubt of the allure and appeal that accompanied being a gun owner and collector for Justin.
And just as devout as he was with his guns, as too was he with his esteemed collection of baseball cards. Almost like a right-of-passage, collecting baseball cards is what bonded many-a-youth as Justin grew up, but he did more saving then swapping.

Yet of all that Justin adored the most, his two greatest pleasures were wrapped up in his car and his dog. The former,…a beautiful blue, 2017 Mustang GT, tricked out to the nth degree. And the latter,…a beautiful white Labrador Retriever named Tobey. The car, with all its power and rich history, brought out the machismo and childlike fascination that Justin thrived on. He loved being seen behind the wheel of that iconic Ford Mustang, especially the wheel of such a screamin' hot machine. And just as his car grabbed his motoring interests,…Justin's dog grabbed his heart, and the two have been inseparable ever since. Some may argue, but seriously,…there is no greater love than that of a man for his dog,…and Justin & Tobey truly exemplified that bond. Justin has gone to Heaven, and Tobey will find his new home with Dad. And the blessing continues!

A loving son, nephew and cousin, Justin leaves us far too soon, but not without imparting the best parts of himself at every turn. His span of time was brief, but that time was filled with so much love and care,…a legacy that will live on and be cherished with each reflection shared. The family will truly miss their Master Mechanic! Rest in Peace, Dear Justin.

Justin was the beloved son of James and the late Karen Grone. Cherished brother of twin sister, Jennifer (Ryan Halsey) Grone. Loving nephew of Barbara Grone, Thomas Grone, Patrick (Heather) Grone, Therese (Ward) Wolak, and the late David Grone. Dear cousin of Carissa (Craig) Revell, Steven (Jacqueline) Grone, Michael (Samantha) Grone, Angela Grone, Sheri Jones, Joseph (David Raymond) Grone, Kaitlynn (Josh) Farrand, Christopher Grone, and Melissa (Denny) Tomczak. Also survived by many extended cousins and friends.

Visitation for Justin will be held Thursday, March 28th from 3-9 pm, with a 7 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren. He will lie in state on Friday from 9:00 am until time of his Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 31555 Hoover Road in Warren.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025.

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