Former Cozad Resident: Donald “Don” Grothe, age 74 (1938-2013)

Donald “Don” Grothe, 74, former Cozad, Nebraska, resident died Monday, April 15th, 2013, at The Independence House in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Donald Lee Grothe was born November 2nd, 1938, in Tekamah, Nebraska, the son of Oscar and Mildred (Paulsen) Grothe. He graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1956 and received his degree in business from Midland Lutheran College. Don married Margaret Jeanine Rouse on June 14th, 1959. He worked for North Western Bell before becoming an independent seed corn deal with Pioneer. Don was an avid fisherman and loved to travel, often snow birding to Mexico, Arizona and Branson in his RV. He enjoyed playing bridge, golfing and bowling. Don was a member of the Elks Club and American Lutheran Church both in Cozad.

Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean of Cozad; three daughters, Donelle Bell and her husband Jonathan of Omaha, Nebraska, Cindy Linke and fiance Troy Henderson and Holly Egger, all of Lincoln; eight grandchildren, Alexandrea Romano, Nicolas Romano, Jacob Linke, Falesha Bell, Cole Linke, Ann Marie Bell, Tanner Egger and McKinnon Egger.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, April, 19th, 2013, at Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Pastor Lance Ferguson officiating.

In honoring his wishes to be cremated there is no viewing.

Memorials may be directed to his family to designate at a later date.

Lincoln Family Funeral Care in Lincoln, Nebraska is handling arrangements.

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