Leo A. Grothe
December 5, 1932 – November 11, 2020
Leo Anthony Grothe died November 11 2020 at home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Born December 5 1932, in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Ralph Charles and Johanna Cordula (Albrecht) Grothe.
Leo proudly served his country as a Marine during the Korean War, serving from 1951-54 and was the recipient of several awards, including a purple heart. He was employed in Washington DC by the World Bank as a disbursement processor, often traveling to South America. He relocated to Florida in 2002 and was known to keep his binoculars handy, whether watching a baseball game or looking at the ocean.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters; Helen Mary Grothe, Virginia Timmerman, Frances Bruce, Mary Walgren, Joanne Eklund, and Catherine (Kay) Fisher and his two brothers; James Grothe and Mark Joseph Grothe, and his stepmother, Olga Fitchner.
Leo was kind, loving & understanding. He was especially proud & passionate about his family. He was committed to his strong faith in Jesus Christ, often sharing his knowledge of the Bible. He had a lifelong love of sports, especially the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.
Survivors include his loving wife Sandra Grothe, his brother David (wife Barbara), daughters; Cynthia Grothe and Nancy Grothe, sons Mark Grothe (partner Kathy),Christopher Grothe (wife Marybeth), David Grothe (wife Louisa) and Jason Grothe (partner Beth-Ann). His many Grandchildren: Kristin, Justin, Spencer, Kaylie, Hana, Anthony, Devyn, Skylar & Aliyah. Sister-in-law Vivian Mellon and many nieces & nephews.
Leo's presence will be greatly missed, as all of his family members called him their best friend. His smile & laugh brought joy to all who knew him.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Leo A. Grothe
November 21, 2020
RIP Uncle Leo. I know dad was so glad to have talked with him regularly before he passed and I know they share eternal joy and happiness together with God in Heaven. Praying that God's Holy Spirit comforts and heals your family at this time. With deepest sympathy and love.
November 19, 2020
My Dad (Leo’s older brother Jim) told me he gave Leo the nickname “Ott” because Leo like the baseball player, Mel Ott, or maybe he batted like him. I have only good memories of Uncle Ott. He was always warm and cheerful, had a great sense of humor, and we shared a love of cats. I could always count on him for a joke or pun, or some kind of word play. He came to our house for dinner once when I was about 12, and kept calling the bobby pins in my hair “pobby bins.” We had lots of laughs. I will miss his kindness and laughter. Sending love & prayers to all the family.
November 17, 2020
I called him Lee with a nickname of Ott. I don’t know where Ott came from. Lee was the only person I knew to snack on saltines with mustard. Lee was fun to be with and a great brother
Vickie Walgren Larson
November 16, 2020
RIP Uncle Leo. So thankful I was able to spend time with Uncle Leo and Sandra and Uncle Jim app 10 years ago in FL. The legacy of the Grothe family will go on forever. My Love to your family. ❤️