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Walt Gronlund

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Walter Raymond Gronlund, 84, passed away March 8, 2010, at Lakewood Health Care System in Staples.

Walt was born the first of nine children, on Aug. 24, 1925, to William and Hilda (Komppa) Gronlund in Sebeka. Walter served in the Army, 78th Division, F Co. 309 Infantry during World War II. He was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star Medal, for Good Courage in the Battle of the Bulge Conflict, and for Good Conduct. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

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On June 4, 1954, Walt was united in marriage with Ruth Elizabeth Berg at the First Baptist Church in Park Rapids. They made their home in Verndale and raised two children, Nancy and David.

Walt will be remembered as the owner and operator of the G&L gas station in Verndale. He purchased it on his birthday in 1952, serving Verndale and area customers until his death. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion and St. John Lutheran Church.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on March 12, 2010, at St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena, with Pastor Stephen Meltzer officiating. Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Verndale. Honorary pallbearers were Corey Gronlund, Richard Gronlund, Jim Waldahl, Lane Waldahl, Jack Carr, Mike Carr, Sr., Ken Mudek, George Geray, Joe Goraczkowski and Calvin Koth. Active pallbearers were Ryan Gronlund, Steven Gronlund, Daniel Schmitz, David Wiese, Galen Hieb, and Daniel DeYonge. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (www.johnsonmemorialhome.com).

Survivors include his loving wife, Ruth; daughter, Nancy Gronlund of Grayslake, Ill.; son, David (Mary) Gronlund of Verndale; grandchildren, Corey and Ryan; brothers, Arne of Rock Falls, Ill., Clifford (Rose) of Phoenix, Ariz., Leslie (Alice Jean) of Sebeka; sisters, Elma Stavros of Ashland, Ore., Lila (Roger) Ristine of Roseville, Minn., Irene (Marc) Burns of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Mary (David) Rising of Shoreview, Minn.; sister-in-law, Beverly Gronlund of Roseville, Calif.; the Harry and Elfriede Rebiger family of Milwaukee, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents, William and Hilda; brother, Elmer; sister-in-law, Edna; and brother-in-law, Donald.

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