Gordon Groff, 1924-2016

Published 10:31 am Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gordon G. Groff, 91, was called to rest on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Cherrywood Advanced Living in Big Lake.

Gordy was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Okabena, to Theodore and Mabel Groff. Gordy was united in marriage June 8, 1945, to Janet Christensen of Alden. They have a daughter, Rita (Bill) Phillips of Elk River.

Gordon Groff

Gordon Groff

Over the years Gordy worked in railroad, construction, carpentry, Land O’ Lakes, Wilson’s & Co. meat processing, auto repair, as a truck driver in Albert Lea and auto parts sales in Shakopee. He loved both summer and winter fishing.

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Gordon is survived by his wife of 70 years, Janet; daughter, Rita, and husband, Bill Phillips; granddaughters Nicole (Matthew) Klein and Michelle Anderson; five great-granddaughters, Madison, Ava, and Jocelyn Klein and Makayla and Paige Anderson, all of Elk River,. He is also survived by a brother, Rodney Groff; two sisters, Elaine Lesch (LeRoy) and Judy Peters (Dale); and many nieces and nephews.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Mabel; and his brother, James Groff.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 12942 – 193rd Ave. NW, in Elk River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Internment will be at 2 p.m. at Bailey Station Cemetery in Big Lake.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are with Dares Funeral Home.