Marvin Grote

The Lord called Marvin A. Grote to his heavenly home on June 22, 2018. He passed away at Newell Good Samaritan Society. 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 27, at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Marvin Arthur Grote, the son of Harry and Anna (Wiebe) Grote was born May 12, 1926, on the family farm in Grant Township, Buena Vista County. He was baptized as an infant at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Storm Lake, and confirmed at that church on Palm Sunday, 1940. He received his education through the eighth grade at Zion Parochial School. He then farmed with his father and helped other farmers in the area.

On Aug. 14, 1949, Marvin was united in marriage to Edna Ripke at Zion Lutheran Church and this union was blessed with one son, Larry.  Marvin loved the land and farming with Edna and Larry.  In 1963, he was hired as manager of the Hygrade hog buying station in Albert City and made many friends there. He enjoyed bowling, playing golf, playing cards and enjoying coffee with his friends.

Marvin was a life long member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served on the church council, an elder and other church committees.  He was a member of the Walther League, the Mens’ Club and the choir. Marv loved sports and he enjoyed being the basketball coach for the seventh and eighth grade students at Zion Parochial school.  In later years, some of those children would greet him with “Hi, Coach” which always brought a smile to his face.  Marv was also a leader of the Grant Township 4-H Beavers. He assisted with the Albert City FFA where he received an Honorary Chapter Farmer Award.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 68 years, Edna, of Storm Lake; his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Janene of Newell; his grandsons: Christoffer (Jill) Adams of Belle Plaine and their children: Carson and Denisyn; and James (Jenny) Adams of Newell, and their children: Riley, Elizabeth, Kolette and Kinsley; other extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anna; his brothers: Roy (Marie) Grote, Raymond (Verlyn) Grote; his sister, Gladys (Hugh) Sharpl; and a nephew, Phillip Grote.