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Melvin F. Grochow, 95

Melvin Frederick Grochow, age 95, of Dassel, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.

He was born July 2, 1917, in Transit Township, Sibley County, the son of Paul and Alvina (Schauer) Grochow. Melvin was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed as a youth, both at St. John’s Lutheran Church (Mountville) in Gaylord.

Melvin was united in marriage to Lorayne Anderson June 5, 1953, at the First Lutheran Church in Dassel. Melvin and Lorayne made their home in Dassel and shared 41 years of marriage. This marriage was blessed with five children.

When he needed full-time care, Melvin became a resident of the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center.

A man with strong Christian faith, Melvin was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

He was a hard worker and held employment in many trades, including as a farmer, hauling milk, painter, waste collector, and cemetery caretaker.

Melvin enjoyed playing cards, shaking dice, hunting, bowling, fishing, and tinkering. He enjoyed sports and was an avid baseball fan.

Melvin cherished the time spent with his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his children, David (Donna) Grochow, Dean Grochow, Donna (Scott) Drew, Dale (Michele) Grochow, all of Dassel, and Duane (Katherine) Grochow of Cokato; eight grandchildren, Brandon Grochow, Melanie (Chris) Gross, Melissa (Josh) Hillmyer, Ryan Drew, Zachary and Michaela Grochow, and Kayla and Grant Grochow; and three great-grandchildren, Brayden and Kinslee Gross, and Baby Hillmyer.

Melvin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lorayne; parents, Paul and Alvina Grochow; and sisters, Luella Bauer, Evelyn Opitz, and Doloris Abraham.

Funeral services took place Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. Interment followed at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, March 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continued Saturday one hour prior to the service.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.