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Obituary for Richard H. Gronning

Richard “Dick” Gronning of Northfield passed away Thursday, February 21 at the V.A. Medical Center in Minneapolis after a battle with cancer. He was 78. He is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Sun Wells-Gronning. Dick was the son of Ole Gronning and Violet Maresh of Racine, WI. He attended Washington Park High School class of 1958 and graduated from Carthage College class of 1963. He married Sigrid Stephan in 1963. He attained rank of Captain in the Air Force, serving 1964-1969 (Aircraft Commander of the C-130 Hercules). He completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. He moved to Minnesota […]

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Richard “Dick” Gronning of Northfield passed away Thursday, February 21 at the V.A. Medical Center in Minneapolis after a battle with cancer. He was 78. He is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Sun Wells-Gronning.
Dick was the son of Ole Gronning and Violet Maresh of Racine, WI. He attended Washington Park High School class of 1958 and graduated from Carthage College class of 1963. He married Sigrid Stephan in 1963.
He attained rank of Captain in the Air Force, serving 1964-1969 (Aircraft Commander of the C-130 Hercules). He completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. He moved to Minnesota to be a pilot for Northwest Airlines. Dick had many passions including building Renaissance musical instruments (acclaimed and played by some professionals), discussions of faith, philosophy, and social justice, and researching and advocating for alternative health and environmental solutions.
He is survived by his wife, Sigrid, son, Dan and wife, Maria; son, Ari, daughter, Bettina and husband, Sawad, and their daughter, Siri.
Dick had a fierce, autodidactic intellect and always believed that with the ability to recognize, conceive, and embrace innovative ideas, anything is possible.

Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Friday, March 1, 2019, beginning at 11 AM with Reverend Jonathan Davis officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 4 PM to 7 PM at Bierman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home and Crematory. biermanfuneralhome.com.

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Funeral

11:00 AM - March 1, 2019


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. John’s Lutheran Church
500 3rd St W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

4:00 PM - February 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Bierman Funeral Home
1316 Division St S Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial: 2:05 PM - March 1, 2019

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th Ave S Minneapolis, 55450 Get Directions

1 Comment

  1. Jerry Flint

    I served with Richard in the Air Force. We flew together many times. His wife Sigrid and my wife were friends while we were stationed In Texas. Richard was a good friend to all that new and served with him. To his family, we are so sorry for your loss. As I remember Richard I’m reminded of a quote by General George S.Patton; ” We should not mourn these men that died, Rather we should thank God that they Lived”.

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