John Groote

Monday, April 30, 2007

Funeral services for Mr. John Groote, 62, of Spencer, will be held at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Warner Chapel of Spencer. Rev. Tom Dettmer will officiate the service.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at a later date. Special military services will be conducted by American Legion - Glen Pedersen Post 1.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to People for Pets in Spencer or the MDA-ALS Foundation of Cedar Falls. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Groote passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at Spencer Hospital.

He was the son of Lubertus and Lena Groote, and was born in 1944 in Ashton. He received his early education in Sibley and graduated from high school in 1962. Following graduation John attended Mankato State where he received a degree in Accounting.

On April 6, 1969, John entered the military, serving in the U. S. Army. While in the service John received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals, Army Commendation Medal and was also a Rifle Sharpshooter. He was honorably discharged on September 8, 1971.

After the service, John worked at an accounting firm in Storm Lake for a couple of years, before attending law school at the University of Nebraska. He received his law degree in 1981. Following graduation, John moved to Minneapolis, where he worked for a law practice for a short time before opening his own. John also lived in the communities of Alma, Wisc, Waukee, and Anacortes, Wash., where he practiced law and also co-owned home furnishing stores with his partner.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Milton.

Left to cherish his memory are his partner, William H. Moody of Spencer; his son, William Moody Jr., and his wife, Teddi of Everett, Wash.; two grandchildren, Hayden and Sylvie of Everett, Wash; sister, Mary Cummings and her husband, Harland of Spencer; and sister-in-law, Irene Groote of Spencer.