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The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

Ralph E. Gronewold

October 6, 1942June 19, 2020
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Ralph E. Gronewold, 77, of Donahue, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 19, 2020, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 25, at 10 am at The Runge Mortuary, with burial to follow in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 24, from 4-7 pm at the Mortuary. The family requests that all attendees wear facial masks. Memorials may be made in Ralph’s honor to the Donahue Fire Department, or to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Online condolences may be expressed at www.therungemortuary.com.

Ralph was born on October 6, 1942, in Davenport, to Elmer and Dorothy (Brinkman) Gronewold. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966, and became a proud 50-year member of the Donahue Legion Post #532.

Ralph married the love of his life, Marilyn Meincke, on July 29, 1967, in Dixon, Iowa. They went on to enjoy 53 years of marriage while farming in rural Donahue and raising their three daughters. Agriculture was an important part of Ralph’s life. His lifelong love of farming led him to serve as a member of the Scott County Cattleman’s Association, Donahue Sportsman’s Park, and as a Dixon Elevator Co-Op Director. He was also a Scott County Extension Service board member. He was proud to see the Gronewold farm recognized as a Century Farm in 2009.

Ralph enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, show cattle and participate in 4-H activities at the Scott County Fair. He raised his three daughters to work hard, knowing they could achieve anything they dreamed of in life. He loved to visit on his patio and always had a cold beer in the refrigerator for anyone who stopped by. He was a humble, hard-working man who enjoyed the simple things in life.

Those surviving to honor his memory include his wife, Marilyn; children, Christie (Tim) Arp, Carla (Chris) Wall, and Carrie (David) Coon; grandchildren, Jessica (Jeremy) Marple, Brianna Lowry, Lauren Wall, Lainey Wall, Paige Coon; great-grandchild Payton Marple; sisters, Linda (Dave) Holdorf, and Arlene (Paul) Kaczinski; and extended family and friends.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Dorothy Gronewold; his brothers, Gene and Larry Gronewold; and a grandson, Josh Arp.

  • FAMILY

  • Marilyn Gronewold, Wife
  • Christie Arp (Tim), Daughter
  • Carla Wall (Chris), Daughter
  • Carrie Coon (David), Daughter
  • Jessica Marple (Jeremy), Grandchild
  • Brianna Lowry, Grandchild
  • Lauren Wall, Grandchild
  • Lainey Wall, Grandchild
  • Paige Coon, Grandchild
  • Payton Marple, Great Grandchild
  • Linda Holdorf (Dave), Sister
  • Arelene Kaczinski (Paul), Sister
  • Elmer Gronewold, Father (deceased)
  • Dorothy Gronewold, Mother (deceased)
  • Gene Gronewold, Brother (deceased)
  • Larry Gronewold, Brother (deceased)
  • Josh Arp, Grandchild (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tim Arp, Pallbearer
  • David Coon, Pallbearer
  • Chris Wall, Pallbearer
  • Terry Loesel, Pallbearer
  • Dennis Oetzmann, Pallbearer
  • Jerry West, Pallbearer
  • Matt Wilson, Pallbearer
  • Jeremy Marple, Pallbearer
  • Jessica Marple, Honorary
  • Brianna Lowry, Honorary
  • Paige Coon, Honorary
  • Lauren Wall, Honorary
  • Lainey Wall, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Mary Chrysler

June 22, 2020

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO YOU MARILYN AND YOUR FAMILY---a lot of good memories, at The West End Tavern!
Thinking of you ALL-----

Duane & Bernice Meyer

June 22, 2020

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Glen and Jeanne Anderson

June 21, 2020

I fondly remember when Ralph and Marilyn came t o Canada fishing with us and Terry and Linda! What a good time was had by all. Our deepest sympathy to Marilyn and the family. He will be remembered as a friendly and fun man to be around .

Terry and Linda Loesel

June 21, 2020

Memories, where do we start—————- they’re so many.

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