1928-2012

Paul Grote, 84, of Mount Carmel, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, surrounded by his family.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Mount Carmel.

Celebrant will be Father Gary Snyder. Music will be by Denise Nieland, organist and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Choir. Lectors will be Paul’s grandchildren Ryan Gehling and Melanie Daniel.

Gift bearers will be Paul’s granddaughters Holly Venteicher, Melanie Daniel and Lindsey Gehling. Eucharistic ministers will be Paul’s stepson Joe Glass, his wife Jane, and a nephew Gene Riesberg.

Casket bearers will be Paul’s grandsons Jason Gehling, Ryan Gehling, Michael Sadwith, Jamie Venteicher, Rusty Daniel and Paul’s godson Steve Rosener.

Honorary casket bearers will be his stepgrandchildren. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with military honors by the Breda American Legion. Taps will be played by his godson Mike Vonnahme. The Carroll 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will form an honor guard at the Mass.

Friends may call at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a rosary at 4 p.m. by the Carroll 4th Degree Knights of Columbus followed by a Christian wake service at 7.

Memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church for the Carroll County Relay for Life. Online condolences may be left for Paul’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com. Paul was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Carroll, to Herman and Colette (Schettler) Grote. He grew up in the Mount Carmel community, attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, graduated from Carroll High School in 1946 and then attended auctioneering school.

Paul married Luella Bedford on Nov. 14, 1950, at St. Joseph Church in Carroll. They had two daughters, Patricia and Karen.

He was drafted during the Korean War and served with the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany until November 1952. In 1955 the family moved to a farm east of Carroll where he started his farming career after having worked for a few years as a truck driver.

Luella passed away on Nov. 4, 1956, after giving birth to a stillborn son. He continued to farm with the help of his siblings and in 1958 moved to a farm northwest of Mount Carmel, and his mother cared for his two daughters.

Throughout his lifetime he farmed and conducted many successful farm and real-estate auctions. He was also a co-owner of the Farmers Sale Company of Carroll for many years.

On Aug. 10, 1970, he married Irma Glass, a widow with four sons. They made their home on the Grote farm northeast of Mount Carmel.

Paul was an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish where he was a lector, rosary leader and choir member. He also was parish lay director for 14 years, an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, an honorary life member of the 4th Degree Assembly, and a 50-plus year member of Post 607 of the Breda American Legion. He also served as trustee of Drainage District 23 for 24 years.

Paul loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed music, fishing, and collecting stamps and coins. He had a passion for gardening, having sold produce for many years at the Carroll Farmers Market.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Irma Grote of Mount Carmel; daughters, Patricia (Dennis) Gehling of Carroll and Karen (John) Sadwith of Denver, Colo.; stepsons, Marvin Glass of Mount Carmel, Joe (Jane) Glass of Cedar Rapids, Richard (Terri) Glass of Arcadia and Paul (Denise) Glass of Carroll; six grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Norbert Grote of Glidden, Leonard (Joyce) Grote of Minooka, Ill., Jack (Doreen) Grote of Carroll, James (Mary Ann) Grote of Cave Creek, Ariz., Bill (Nancy) Grote of Withee, Wis., and Ted (Peggy) Grote of Gibson City, Ill., Lorraine (Lyle) Vonnahme of Carroll, Jeanette (John) Rosener of South Sioux, Neb., Mary (Leonard) Sailer of Manning, Alice (John) Hamilton of Jefferson and Judy (Duane) Olberding of Waukon; his in-laws, Elmer (Kathy) Bedford of Carroll, Tony (Rose) Riesberg of Carroll, Angie Riesberg of Omaha, and Lillian Ferneding of Carroll; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his first wife Luella and infant son Gerard in 1956; his parents; brother Ralph; grandson Nicholas Gehling; great-granddaughter Samantha Gehling; and stepchildren Thomas and Janet Glass.