HANSKA - Juel Grothem, 91, of Hanska, died Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, February 13, at the Nora Unitarian Universalist Church in Hanska with Reverend Lisa Doege officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in the Mt. Pisqua Cemetery in rural Hanska.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Hanska and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Thursday. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for his family go to www.mvfh.org.
Juel is survived by his special friend of 25 years, Vivian Dewanz; nieces and spouses, Donna Lagow, Sandy (Marv) Woehler, Marlys (Benno) Roehl, Marsha Lawrence, Joleen (Grant) Sletta, Ginger Dougherty; numerous great-nephews and great-nieces; and great companion, girl dog Jake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Ragnild (Rusten) Grothem; brothers and sisters, Alvin Grothem, James Grothem, Ella Weltsch, Alice Grothem, Gordon Grothem; niece and nephews, Lois Crawford, David Grothem Sr., and Gary Weltsch.
Juel Marlowe Grothem, son of Alfred and Ragnild (Rusten) Grothem was born on August 24, 1922 on the family farm in Linden Township, Brown County. He graduated from the District 53 country school. He lived on the family farm his entire life, except for his years of military service. Juel enlisted in the United States Army on January 28, 1944 and served until April 27, 1946. During those years he served as a Technician Fourth Grade in the 209th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. He served in the Southern Philippines, where he earned many medals including the American Theater Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal. Juel also served in Japan, working guard duty, after the war ended in August of 1945. Juel then moved back home to the family farm, where he lived with his mother, Ragnild, farmed, and raised hogs for most of his life. He also ran a road grader for Linden Township in Brown County for many years.
Juel enjoyed dancing in his younger years at George's Ballroom, Kato Ballroom, and Gibbon Ballroom, fishing with his brother Gordon with whom he owned a boat, hanging out with his good friend Ordell Vee, and listening to Old Time Polka music. Juel was very fond of his friends at Village Inn in LaSalle and couldn't be without his best friend, girl dog Jake. He was also very fond of his nephew, David Grothem Sr., the son he never had. Juel was a member of the Nora Unitarian Universalist Church in Hanska, the Seifert-Bianchi American Legion Post 132 in New Ulm, and the New Ulm VFW Post 1648.
Memorials are preferred to the Brown County Humane Society.