Gary Grohe

Gary Grohe, 87, of Fort Madison, passed a way

on Dec. 28, 2022 at SEffiMC, Fort Madison.

He was born Sept. 16, 1935 to Earl and Nona

Kness Grohe in Coon Rapids. He married his

.------, high school sweetheart, Joan

Coffman on June 1, 1958, at the

First Christian Church in Albia.

GaTy graduated from Albia

High School and attended Simpson

College, Central College

and the University of Missouri

before receiving his bachelor's

degree from Iowa State University.

He then earned his

master's degree from Northeast

Missouri State University. Gary accepted a

building trades/drafting teaching position at the

Fort Madison Community School District, where

he taught for 20 years. Gary also assisted in

coaching the golf team.

He was a lifelong educator and enjoyed all outdoor

activities, especially the Mississippi River.

Gary loved playing cards, being with family and

friends and spending tjme at the cabin he built

at the Lake of the Ozarks. His grandchildren

have lots of fond memories of spending time in

his workshop with hitn.

Gary is survived by his wife Joan, and daughters

Julie (Loyd) Nickel of Norwalk: and Jane

Rees of Fort Madison; and his grandchildren

Kelsey Nickel of West Des Moines Christopher

Nickel of Des Moines, Ryan Rees of Donnellson

and Jason Rees of Ankeny. He is also survived by

his brother Roger (Melba) Grohe of Benson Ariz.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and

sister, Marilyn Brown.

A private burial service will be held at a later


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