Donald Grochow of Thief River Falls, MN passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at his rural Thief River Falls home surrounded by his loving family.


Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM  at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Reverend John Wollenzien Officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.


Donald Ernest Grochow was born on April 7, 1931 at his grandparents’ home near Thief River Falls, MN son of William and Ethel (Pechie) Grochow. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran at Radium, MN. He attended Carlson School in Alma Township and graduated from Argyle High School in 1950.


Don entered the US Army and served from 1952 until 1954 being stationed in England, building Airbases and was honorably discharged from Ft. Sheridan Ill in 1954. Don was very proud of his son’s Kevin, Keith and Scott served in the military.


On September 24, 1960 he was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Horejsh at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN. The couple made their home on the banks of the Red Lake River near Thief River Falls which they enjoyed for 55 years. He worked for farmers in the Argyle area, farmed with his father at Argyle and Holt. In 1966 he drove milk Truck for Willie Jablinske, then worked at TRF Creamery and later for Bridgeman’s in Thief River Falls which he retired from in 1995. He spent his life in the milk business keeping all running smoothly and the home fires burning.


Don enjoyed trips around the country to visit family and friends, also trips to Germany when Kevin and family were stationed there, also trips to Australia to visit Keith and Jane. He was a member of the Golden Pioneers for several years, a member of Trinity Lutheran church since late 1960’s. he was a long-time bus driver and helped Shirley with Alter Care.


Don is survived by his wife of 60 years Shirley of Thief River Falls, MN; sons Kevin (Sheri) Grochow of Colorado Springs, CO, Keith (Jane Raffen) Grochow of Sidney Australia  and Scott Grochow of Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren Kelsey (Morris) Miles, Kasey Grochow, Jordan (Brandon Hunter) Grochow, Dustin (Kari Sulze) Grochow, Corey (Shannon) Grochow, and Kaylynn (Brady Feller) Grochow; great-grandchildren Zoey, Sawyer, Devyn, Brandon Jr., Legend, D’Morion and one to be born in May; brothers Carroll Grochow of Newport, MN and Willis (Janice) Grochow of Warren, MN along with several nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings (twin brother) George (Mary Ann) Grochow, Leo (Barbara) Grochow, Eileen Horejsh Larson, William (Lenora) sister-in-law Sandra Grochow, brothers-in-law Joe Horejsh and Ken Larson.


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