Rodney Lee Grossenburg passed away peacefully on July 5, 2019, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center, Winner, South Dakota.
Funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 9, at 2:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Winner. Burial will follow at the Winner Cemetery in Winner.
A visitation will be held on Monday, July 8, at the Methodist Church from 6-7 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m.
Rodney was born on June 19, 1932, to Leo and Ethel Grossenburg in Rock Valley, Iowa. He married Rose Ranschau in 1953. He was drafted into the US Army and served his country until 1954. In 1958 he moved his young family to Winner, South Dakota, where he was employed by C.J. Grossenburg and Son (Grossenburg Implement) and became the sales manager. His career lasted 37 years. His favorite motto was, “There are 3 ways to do something: 1) the right way, 2) the wrong way, 3) C.J.’s way, and I did it C.J.’s way.”
He enjoyed pheasant hunting and held a keen eye for spotting that rooster in the ditch when road hunting. He was an avid sports fan and would watch any sport that had a ball in it-even soccer! He loved to garden and shared much of his produce with the neighbors. His flowers along 7th street were admired by many.
After retiring he enjoyed fishing trips to the Lake of the Woods with his wife, Rose, and Jim and Elaine Luce. Jack Peters and Rodney invented “ready golf.” He enjoyed watching his grandkids participate in their activities. Rodney was a humble man who taught his children and grandchildren always to work hard. His many “words of wisdom” will always keep us smiling.
Rodney is survived by his wife, Rose of 66 years, his daughter Debbie O’Donnell of Kennewick, Washington, his son Robin and wife Jan of Yankton, SD, his grandkids Michael (Amy) O’Donnell, Chris O’Donnell, Mark (Jocelyn) O’Donnell, Jeff Grossenburg, and Jenna Grossenburg, great grandchildren Camryn and Blake O’Donnell, his very close sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jim and Elaine Luce, and sister-in-law Elsie Thielvoldt, his brother David Grossenburg and nephews.
Yankton Press & Dakotan
July 13, 2019