September 4, 2013


Mark Alan Gruhn, 57, of Glidden, died at home on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla, Iowa.

Casket bearers will be Rob Lueth, Larry Stracke, David Williamson, Denny Kasperbauer, Bill Badding and Dan Swalla.

Music will be "Just as I Am, Without One Plea," "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and "Amazing Grace" with Carlys Stribe as accompanist.

Burial will be at Nishnabotna Cemetery near Manilla.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manilla, with a time of sharing at 7 p.m.

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Mark's family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Iowa Hospice organization.

Mark Alan, son of Lyle and Leora (Petersen) Gruhn, was born Sept. 1, 1956, at Manning, Iowa. He lived with his family in the country near Manilla, then lived in town from the time he was 5 years old.

Mark's life can be summarized by saying he was "all in" with everything he did. He was first-team all-conference in three sports his senior year at Manilla High School in 1974. While attending Iowa State University, he walked on and earned a spot on the basketball team as a starter on the JV squad. He scored 18 points in a game at the University of Iowa. After Mark lost his right hand in an accident in the late 1970s, he went "all in" playing chess, shooting pool and following a career in the agricultural seed business.

Mark worked as the agronomist for Sucrosco Seeds, as well as being involved in its research, product selection and sales meetings. In similar capacities, he also served Mid-West Seed Genetics, Stauffer Seeds, Syngenta and most recently Dow AgroSciences. Mark was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Celtics and Iowa State Cyclones. He was pretty darned good at golf and expressed himself privately though his poetry. Most importantly, Mark was "all in" believing that Jesus was his Savior.

Toward the end of his life Mark's bucket list was short. Once he knew that Katie and Josh were "all in" with Jesus, too, he had peace of mind and was ready to go. Mark died at home in Glidden, Iowa, on Monday, September 2, 2013. He was 57 years and 1 day of age.

Mark is survived by his children, Katie Gruhn and Josh Gruhn, both of Carroll; brothers Nyle Gruhn of Manilla and Garry Gruhn of Story City; other relatives and many friends.

Preceding Mark in death were his parents.