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Joseph D. Grothe, 64

Joseph D. Grothe, age 64, of Lake City, passed away Dec. 15, at Mayo Health System Lake City Hospital after a brief illness.

Joseph was born April 1, 1949, in Rochester, Minn., to Joseph & Mildred (Dale) Grothe. He grew up on the family farm in the Wanamingo area and graduated from Wanamingo High School. He farmed for a while and then went to work at IBM in Rochester. He married Lucille Buck April 21, 1979, at the Dale Lutheran Church in Kenyon. After they were married they lived in Wanamingo until 1994, when they moved to Durham, N.C. He continued working at IBM while they lived in Durham. In 1999, they moved to Lake City. Joseph retired from IBM in 2010, after thirty years of service. After he retired he went to work for Red Wing Shoe in their retail store for 3 years. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Lake City. Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and playing softball. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Joe is survived by his wife, Lucille; a son, Jonathan (Stephanie) Grothe of Lake City; three stepsons, Michael Jackson of Wanamingo, Mark Jackson (Aime Cavalier) of St. Paul, Matthew (Lucretia) Jackson of Wanamingo; 11 grandchildren, Jenna, Lincoln, Scott, Hunter, Samantha, Ashley, Austin, Jesse, Matthew, Kayleigh, and Kassandra; one great-granddaughter, Jazlyn; three sisters, Betty Jo Grothe of Zumbrota, Luanna "Tudy" (Charles) Olson of Wanamingo, and Janet (Brad) Munson of Cannon Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Greg Grothe.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at First Lutheran Church in Lake City, with the Rev. Darren Paulson officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Mahn Family Funeral Home Anderson-Peterson Chapel Lake City. Friends may also call one hour before the service at the church.

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