In Memory of David Grothe ’62

DAVID J. GROTHE ’62 of Hayward, Wisconsin, died Jan. 26, 2021. At Ripon, he majored in history, participated in Sigma Alpha Epsilon and was commissioned through ROTC. He joined the Army as a second lieutenant, where he received paratrooper training. He had a varied career, working as a fry cook, chef, purchasing agent for a hotel, tax consultant, bookkeeper, and manager of a flight kitchen for an airline. He enjoyed boating and was a co-owner and vice president of Marina Del Sol. He lived in numerous places, including Wisconsin Rapids, Fort Benning, Georgia, Las Vegas, Hilo, Hawaii, and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Full Obituary below:

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David Grothe, age 81, of Hayward, WI passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Water’s Edge Care Center in Hayward.

Dave was born June 7, 1939 in Milwaukee, WI the son of Oscar and Lois (Koehler) Grothe.  He graduated from high school in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.  He went on to graduate from Ripon College in Ripon, WI.  Dave also joined the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant where he received paratrooper training.

Dave had a varied career working as a fry cook, chef, purchasing agent for a hotel, tax consultant, managed a flight kitchen for an airline and was a bookkeeper.

His hobbies revolved mostly around boating, having a part interest in a chriscraft, owning several sailboats, becoming part owner and vice president of Marina Del Sol, culminating in building a 28’ wooden boat starting with a set of plans over 13 years.

Dave lived in a variety of places; Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Fort Benning, GA, Las Vegas, NV, Hilo, HI, Corpus Christi, TX and Hayward, WI.

His is survived by his brother, Daniel Grothe of Hayward, WI and three nephews and four nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lois Holt; and sister-in-law, Nancy Grothe.

A private committal service is planned for David at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI with Pastor Ed Anderson officiating.  Military honors will be accorded by the State of Wisconsin Military Funeral Honors Program.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to First Lutheran Church 10680 Main St, Hayward, WI 54843