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Gilbert Grothen

Gilbert M. W. Grothen, age 93, of Parkers Prairie, died on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at Alomere Health in Alexandria.

A private funeral service for immediate family only will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Miltona with Rev. Terry Finnern officiating.  Music is provided by Kate Jahnke.  Interment will take place at the church cemetery.

Gilbert Melvin William was born on March 15, 1927, to Otto and Clara (Brockopp) Grothen at home in Elmo Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Miltona. Gilbert attended country school through the eighth grade.  Following his education, he helped farmers in the Granite Falls area for several years.  He was united in marriage to Ethel Zinter on March 31, 1949.  Following their marriage, they farmed in North Effington before purchasing a farm near Lake Vermont. Gilbert was a life-long farmer and a life-member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he also served on the board.  He enjoyed farming and deer hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Melvin; and four sisters, Norma, Verna, Evelyn, and Bernice.

Gilbert is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ethel; two daughters, Linda (Larry) Andrist of Villa Rica, Georgia and Judy (Dennis) Noetzelman of Parkers Prairie; three sons, Herbert (Jean) Grothen, Donald (Cathy) Grothen, and Jerry (Jenny) Grothen all of Parkers Prairie; brother, Kenneth (Ardith) Grothen of Hanley Falls; sister, Carol White of Parkers Prairie; 12 grandchildren, Eric (Liberty) Andrist, Cindy (Jeffrey) Upchurch, Shelly Grothen, Melissa (David) Syring, Kristin (Sam) Canatsey, Kacie (Bryant) Sullivan, Katie (Nate) Bahl, Sandy (Chad) Spindler, Amy (Andy) Mackiewski, Amanda (Eli) Gesell, Aaron (Carley) Noetzelman, and Anthony (Megan) Noetzelman; 31 great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Herbert Grothen, Donald Grothen, Jerry Grothen, Dennis Noetzelman, Aaron Noetzelman, and Anthony Noetzelman. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren.

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