LeRoy V. Grussendorf

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  • Name: LeRoy V. Grussendorf
  • Location of Birth: Montgomery, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: November 8, 1914
  • Date of Death: April 17, 1980 (65 years old)
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  • High School and Class: Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College: Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
    Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: ENS (Ensign)
  • Branch: Navy
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    World War II

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    LeRoy came to Grand Rapids, Minnesota as a small boy.

    LeRoy was a highly respected educator and civic and church leader. Mr. Grussendorf became principal of the Grand Rapids Junior High School in 1953 and served there until 1957 when he became a physics teacher in the high school. He taught until mid-year in the 1976-1977 school year when he retired. Earlier, he had taught for District #316 in Bovey, Minnesota and had been junior and senior high school principal at Sleepy Eye and Kimball, Minnesota. He also did graduate work at the University of Wyoming.

    A former member of the Blandin Male chorus and the Community Presbyterian Church choir, he was a deacon and ruling elder and taught Sunday School in his church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He had been a member of the Kiwanis Club some years ago. Mr. Grussendorf was a talented carpenter and had constructed a number of homes and cabins during the summers.

    Survivors are his wife, the former Vivian E. Pearson whom he married in Litchfield, Minnesota on June 10, 1940; a son, Robert; five daughters, Mrs. Gordon (Carol) MacDowell, Mrs. Herbert (Joan) DeWitt, Mrs. David (Gail) Johnson, Mrs. David (Mary) Sandstrom; and Mrs. Michael (Laurie) Sikorski; ten grandchildren, four brothers, D.T. Grussendorf, Ben Grussendorf, William Grussendorf, and Carl Grussendorf; and one sister, Mrs. Stanley (LouElla) Doten.

    LeRoy died at Itasca Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota after a long illness and is buried in Harris Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot

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