Elmer Grote, 87, of Breda, died early Monday morning, June 8, 2020, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake.
Private family funeral services were held at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll on Thursday, June 11. Officiating was Father Timothy Pick. Casket bearers were Melissa Toney, Darrin Toney, Chance Wiese, Nathan Kult, John Grote and Ron Grote. Graveside service was Thursday at St. Bernard Cemetery in Breda. Military honors were conducted by the Breda American Legion.
A livestream broadcast and recording of Elmer’s service can be found by visiting the Sharp Funeral Home Carroll, Iowa YouTube Channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqd2eeRJk5RTdEJoEooUoAQ.
Those wishing to mail their memorial may direct it to Elmer Grote Family, c/o Sharp Funeral Home, 226 W. 8th St., Carroll, IA 51401.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Elmer’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Born on Jan. 22, 1933, in Arcadia, Iowa, Elmer was a son of Herman and Louisa (Janning) Grote. Elmer attended St. Bernard School in Breda and later assisted his family with their farm operation. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958 until his honorable discharge. On April 11, 1959, Elmer married Lois Neppl at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Carroll. Elmer and Lois made their home southwest of Breda where he was engaged in grain and livestock farming. As their health began to decline, they both became residents at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake.
Over the years Elmer was active with St. Bernard Church, Breda American Legion, Catholic Order of Foresters and served on various other boards in several capacities. His main devotion was his family, his faith and farming.
Elmer is survived by his children: Deb (Keith) Kult of Coon Rapids, Dave (Toni) Grote of Arcadia, Russell Grote of Arcadia and Janet (Tom) Grote-Knight of Bettendorf; his grandchildren: Kylie Grote, Melissa Toney, Kelsey Wiese, Nathan Kult and Jessie Grote; his great-grandchildren: Adie and Wyatt Toney; his siblings: Vernon Grote of Carroll, Leonard (Jean) Grote of Breda and Joe (Donna) Grote of Carroll; his sisters-in-law: Charla Grote of Farnhamville, Mary Jane Collison of Carroll and Rosie Neppl of Illinois; as well as other extended relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, in February 2020; his parents; his son Jeff Grote; his son John Grote in infancy; his brothers Erwin and Louis Grote; and his sister-in-law Winona Grote.