Richard “Dick” Grothe
Richard “Dick” Grothe, 75, Leland, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Leland. with Lay Minister Rose Visser officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5–6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, at Cataldo Schott Funeral Chapel, Forest City. Burial of cremains will take place in Forest Home Cemetery, Leland, in the summer.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family in Dick’s name.
Dick was born June 9, 1942 in Bloomfield, Neb., to Joe and Rose (Hettenbach) Grothe. He was the youngest of eight children. The family moved to the Forest City area in the early 50’s. Dick attended Forest City community school.
On July 23, 1960, he was united in marriage to Sandra Lund, Lake Mills. In the spring of 1962, he and Sandra moved to Woodburn, Ore.,where he first learned the carpentry trade from his brother-in-law.
In May of 1965, the family moved back to Iowa after Dick fell from a roof, in which he suffered a back injury that required surgery. He later started working for Bartelson Carpentry. In 1978, he started his business, Grothe Concrete and Const. He was very hardworking and took pride in every job he did. He loved being outdoors and working from sun up to sun down, until he retired at the age of 60 in 2002.
After retirement, Dick and Sandy took advantage of their time by spending it with friends (The NIT WITS), while driving from different camp grounds around the local area in their Winnebago. He also loved going to car shows showing off his cars, which he also took a lot of pride in; one car in particular, his ‘55 Chevy Belair.
Family was very important to Dick and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid card player and many hours were spent around the dining table playing different card games with family and friends.
Dick is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter, Christine (Tommy) Hembree; grandchildren: Brandi Bushman, Albert Lea, Minn.; Benjamin (Tara) Grothe, Lake Mills; Kelsey (Brandon) Lamping, Forest City; Nick (Macy Rien Tzoulis) Grothe, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Noah Grothe, and Grace Grothe; five great-grandchildren: Trinity Bushman, Carter Lamping, Halo Bushman, Olivia Lamping and Kamdyn Grothe.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Rose Grothe; three sons: Brian (Beanhead) Grothe, Gregory Grothe, Terrance (Terry) Grothe; brothers-in-law: Joe Zila, Jake Brouwer, and Merle Olson; sisters: Frieda Olson and Jenny Brouwer; brothers, Paul Grothe and Joe Grothe Jr.