Memorial services for Gary were held Monday, July 23, 2007, at the First United Church in Sioux Rapids,. Rev. Leila Prince officiated.
Gary, the son of Floyd and Ruth (Crick) Grote, was born on June 15, 1931, in Sioux Rapids. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church at Sioux Rapids. He maintained his life-long membership as an active member of the First United Church in Sioux Rapids. Gary attended and graduated from Cornell High School in 1949.
On Jan. 28, 1953, Gary was united in marriage to Wanda Henley in Jackson, Minn. They were blessed with five children: Rebecca, Scott, Michelle, David and Deanna. Gary was engaged in farming for much of his life. Later, he worked for Ranco Industries in Sioux Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gary is survived by his wife, Wanda of Sioux Rapids; his five children: Rebecca Burke and her husband, Bill of Des Moines, Scott Grote of Linn Grove, Michelle Morgan and her husband, Don of Chillicothe, Ohio; David Grote and his wife, Katie of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Deanna Hempfling and her husband, Allan of Omaha, Neb.; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.