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John Groskreutz March 20, 1916 - Jan. 1, 2009

LITCHFIELD -- John "Jack" Herman Groskreutz, 92, of Litchfield died Thursday at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery, Litchfield. Military honors will be provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield. Memorials are preferred to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Building Fund.

He was born March 20, 1916, in Forest City Township, Meeker County, to Herman and Mary (Rosenow) Groskreutz. He grew up in Meeker County where he worked on the family farm and also helped other local farmers. He worked at the Litchfield Feed House until entering the Army in 1943 where he served as a cook during World War II. After being discharged from the Army in 1946, he returned to work at the Litchfield Feed House.

He married Fern Yerks on June 17, 1950, in Kimball. In 1950 he began working for the City of Litchfield until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, a life member of VFW Post 2818 and American Legion Post 104.

He is survived by his wife; son: Gary (and Judine) of Little Falls; and a brother: Louis (and Margaret) Groskreutz of Delano.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters and two brothers.