Frederick A. Grosshans

April 27, 1950January 8, 2019

Frederick A. Grosshans, age 68, of Mason, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Fred was born on April 27, 1950 in Jackson, MI to Carl and Leah Grosshans.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his son Todd Grosshans and sister, Gloria Wilkinson. Surviving are his wife of 49 years Nancy Grosshans, their daughter Christine (Greg) Kennedy of Centennial, CO, son Benjamin (Michelle Lutz) Grosshans of Grand Ledge, MI, grandchildren; Blake Kennedy, Luke Kennedy, Savannah Grosshans, Todd Grosshans, sister Karlene (Doug) Workman of Gaylord, MI, brother-in-law Darryl Wilkinson and many friends.

Fred was self employed as a painter for many years with Grosshans Painting Inc. He enjoyed working with his hands, and was an avid golfer, fisherman, and gardener. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States with Nancy. Simply put he enjoyed being outdoors. Private family services will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home with Interment to follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Please consider a memorial contribution in memory of Frederick A. Grosshans to Heartland Hospice.


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Jennifer Curtiss

January 16, 2019

I just learned of Fred's passing. Sending all my love and prayers to Chris, Nancy, Ben and the rest of the family during this time of loss. Fred was one in a million. The world will not be the same without him in it. If you were friends with one of his children, you had a friend in him. Fred had the gift of making you feel like family. Not only feeling like you were family, but treating you like family. At Chris and Greg's wedding he always kept a caring eye on me; so much so he almost called out a search party to find me when he hadn't seen me in a while. That memory makes me smile. I could feel the love.

I wanted to share a poem that gave me comfort when I lost my dad. I hope it may give you comfort as well.


And if I go,
while you're still here...
Know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
--behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
so you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
--both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name in your heart,
...I will be there.

Colleen Corah Hitchcock

May God hold you in the palm of his hand during this time of grief.

With all my love,

Jen (Curtiss) Tondreau

Darcy Powers

January 13, 2019

Fred (dad) he was a very good man always had a smile unless we were in trouble. For awhile it was home away from home. He was a very hard working man and always tried to make their family happy. I won't ever forget the good times spent with him and will always be in my heart.


January 13, 2019

Fred, I'm not sure if I met you at the Faire along with your son or not but I wanted to comment just this thought : You must have been one heck of a phenomenal Dad to have raised such an amazing and honorable son. My family has had the honor of knowing the Grosshans Clan for the last 15 years and through your son I can imagine the outstanding person and gifts you shared in your life. I am privileged to have met a part of you through your son and know your soul and spirit will live on through Ben and his son for eternity. Great Job my friend. Godspeed

The Beard Can


January 11, 2019

I never had to worry about my baby sister, Nancy, because Fred was always showering her with love as well as their children. He and I would spend time on the telephone talking about anything and everything and how much he loved life and his family. I treasure those times, the last one just a week ago. Fred is now resting with all the family that went before him and is anxiously waiting for the rest of us to join him someday. Thanking God for the peace and comfort that will ease this pain for me and his loved ones.

Ray & Lori Brennan

January 11, 2019

Thursday 10 Jan 2019, we offer our condolences to Nancy, Christine, Benjamin and family.

Our dear friend Fred, a man, much more than a painter, he was an artist, at what ever job he was on, always did the best he could do, never really satisfied with the results. He found it hard to be complemented and truly was a person of humility. I am honored that he called us friends.

To Nancy, his bride of over 49 years, we cannot phantom your loss, husband, father and grandfather. May he truly rest in peace and be united with his parents, sister and son Todd in heaven.

May God Bless you and your family with much love, Lori and Ray Brennan

Lynette (Grosshans) Outwater

January 10, 2019

I will miss Fred. He did so much for my dad (Richard Grosshans) both work-wise and emotionally when Dad was dying. Such a calm, patient, caring man. I pray for peace and comfort for all his family, especially Nancy.

Christine Kennedy

January 10, 2019

Some of the best times of my life were spent on the big lake with you. It was our special place to explore and play in God’s beauty. Those times are so cherished and will forever live in my heart. Thank you for loving me and always being there. I love you forever,

Robin Reynolds

January 10, 2019

A wonderful friend. He will be dearly missed. May blessing of peace surround you at this difficult time.