Russel W. Groen, 68
Blue Earth – Russel W. Groen, age 68, of Blue Earth, formerly of Elmore, died March 15, 2011, at Fairmont Medical Center following a struggle with cancer.
A memorial gathering to celebrate his life was held March 19, 2011, from 2-5 p.m. at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, in Blue Earth.
Russel was born Feb. 2, 1943, in Buffalo Center, Iowa, the son of William and Pauline (Schaumburg) Groen. He was raised and educated in Elmore, where he was a 1961 graduate of Elmore High School. He attended Mankato Technical College before entering the U.S. Army in 1964. He served in Korea in the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) during the Vietnam Conflict. He returned to Blue Earth in 1966 where he began to work for Telex in the stockroom. He was married to LuEtta “Luch” Bruegger on Aug. 31, 1979, in Minnesota Lake. Russel worked his way to Production Manager at Telex during his 36 year career, retiring in 2003. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 89 of Blue Earth and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening and traveling.
Russel is survived by his wife, LuEtta “Luch” Groen, of Blue Earth; sister, Roselyn (David) Kiekow, of Blue Earth; brothers-in-law, Armin (Maxine) Bruegger, of Columbia Heights, and Robert (Sandy) Bruegger, of Wells; sisters-in-law, LeAnna (Jim) Nelson, of Minnesota Lake, LaDonna (Diek) Elliot, of New Hardford, New York, and Marcia (Earl) Hull, of Minnesota Lake; four nieces and six nephews, Troy Kiekow, Marla (Bret) Hueper, Clint (Lisa) Nelson, Amy Bruegger, Trent Bruegger, Bill Elliot, Chris (Amy) Hull, Jenn (Nick) Banks, Mike (Julie) Bruegger, and Michelle (Mike) Bammert; twelve great-nieces and nephews, Stephanie Kiekow, Monica Kiekow, Ben Hueper, Shelby Hueper, T.J., Taz, Slater and Jaycie Nelson, Aaron Hull, Bryce and Brandon Banks, Alivia Bruegger; and one great-great-nephew, Royal Sage Kipper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Armin and Gladys Bruegger; and a great-nephew, Zachary Hull.
Expressions of sympathy are preferred in the form of memorial donations to United Hands Hospice.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com