May 21, 1950 ~ January 18, 2011
Ken Grossman, 60, Wheatland, ND died unexpectedly at his home with his wife and grandson by his side.
Ken was born May 21, 1950 in Harvey, ND to Paul and Veronica Grossman. He grew up in the Fargo-West Fargo area and earned his GED from West Fargo High School. Ken entered the Army in 1969 and served his country in the Vietnam War where he was honored with the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and Bronze Medal.
Ken married his high school sweetheart, Eileen, on October 24, 1970 in West Fargo. They recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. They spent the last 28 years living in the Wheatland, ND area where he could raise horses and bow hunt in his backyard.
Ken was a gifted musician and could play any instrument that was set in front of him. He played in area bands from the time he was a teenager. He worked 20 years for the Scott Moeller Co until his love of horses and the people who owned them got him pulling his tack trailer to rodeos and selling saddles and tack. His interest in finding a good bargain got him into the auctioneering business. He was also working part-time as a security guard.
Ken was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Casselton, ND.
Ken cherished the time he spent with his wife, kids and grandchildren and always looked forward to big family get togethers. They were planning a family trip to Disney World. Anyone who came to know Ken should know that he held a special place in his heart for you.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen; son, Ken (Roxanne) Grossman, Jr, Walcott, ND; daughter, Heather (Kendall) Struxness, West Fargo, ND; grandsons, Steven Grossman (his best buddy), Wheatland, ND, Jake and Jordan Grossman, Enderlin, ND, Riley Struxness, West Fargo, ND, Jaxson Grossman, Walcott, ND; granddaughter, Joci Struxness, West Fargo, ND; sisters, Martha (Delbert), Pauline Knudson all from Fargo, ND, Violet (Richard) Erickson, Forest Lake, MN; brothers, Nick Grossman, West Fargo, ND, Ervin (Annette) Grossman, Horace, ND; special sister-in-law, Patsy (Greg) Anderson, Verona, WI; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; parents-in-law; 3 brothers, Paul, Adam, Norman; sister, Lorraine.
perham mnSo sorry to hear about your lose. I am sorry I couldn’t be there for the funeral but my thoughts were there with you.
I am shocked and saddened at Ken’s passing. I worked with him at Advance Security and he had such a wonderful dispostion for dealing with the kids and staff at the school. I hope his soul finds an eternal home in heaven. I will miss him.
I am very sorry for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you . May god comfort you and grant you peace.
Eileen and family, I was very saddened to hear of Ken’s unexpected passing. Every time I’d go down 94 by the Wheatland exit, I’d think that I should swing in there and see him. Of course, I never did. One always expects that there’ll be time to do that “later”. I always enjoyed my time with him. He was a great guy. I hope that your good memories of him will help with this terrible loss. We will keep you all in our prayers. May you find peace. Chuck
Lake Spivey GAStill remembered, still thought of,
God Bless you and your family.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ken’s Family- he was such a wonderful man! He will truly be greatly missed. Our daughters used to just love browsing through his tack at the rodeos- both of them got their very first barrel saddles from him! We just adored his fun and positive personality every time we seen him. The rodeos will not be the same without him, but truly an angel will be looking over us all! God bless your family. Ken, we will miss you! With love and prayers, the Bob Schwartz Family. Bob, Sandi, Becky and Dani.
Eileen, so sorry for your family’s loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Leonard North Dakota
Dear Eileen and family, sorry to hear about Ken, he will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Jamie Braun
Milbank SD Myself, my dad (Jim) and my brother (Paul) all worked with kenny at the car auctions. We always looked forward to talking with him on wednesdays and thursdays. He always had an interesting story about pretty much everything.
Eileen – We are so shocked and saddened to hear the news about Ken. He was a true cowboy who had a heart of gold and a smile a mile wide. Always felt comfortable talking with him, something that will be dearly missed at all the rodeos. Wishing you and Steven strength and comfort at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
So sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll always remember the fun we had deer hunting with Ken and the crew.
Eileen sorry to hear of your loss.. it was just a few days ago I talked with you and you were so happy to go and have lunch with Kenny… My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..
Kenny will be missed
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Ken at several of my uncle’s rodeos, (Bar S Rodeo). I will miss seeing his smile this summer. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the memories you hold help ease your pain.
West Fargo ND
Ken was a great friend to us and we will miss him alot. He was always such a happy person and willing to help anyone. He will be greatly missed. Eileen and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Eileen & family,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Kenny.
I wish we could attend the funeral but other circumstances prevent us from being there & I am sorry.
We haven’t kept in touch much thru the years but our family thinks of you often & remembers all the good times we had. We will keep you in our prayers.
Mark, Carol & family
moorhead minnesotaI am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Ken at south high school until I left the co. last march. Ken and I made a good team and he was one of the best people you could ever know. We both were in vietnam the same year except he was army and I was airforce. I had him make me a belt with my vietnam insignas on it in which I picked up one sunny day in may. I will always think of Ken when I wear it in honor of him. I had no idea of such a war hero he was it brings much sorrow of his passing after all we were a band of brothers he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In deepest sympathy. Mel fredricksen. Us Airforce Retired
IndianaEilene i was so so sorry to hear about this. There are no words….My thougths and prayers are with you and your family!
West Fargo ND
So sorry for your loss.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Kenny’s family and friends, our prayers are with you. God Bless.
I had the pleasure of playing with Kenny in my first band, he even showed me some things on the drums.
Kenny was so much fun to play with always had a smile – a fun loving guy.
I hadn’t seen Kenny for a few years but caught up with him recently at the Pfaff benefit (The Bowler)
Kenny got on stage with the Coachmen and jammed with us like he’d never left! It was great playing with him after all these years
He will be missed
You know Kenny is on that Big Stage right now jamming away… and smiling.
Frisco TXOur deepest sympathies for Eileen and all the family. Although we cannot be there with you we are with you in spirit. God bless.
Your family is in our thoughts.
Wish I could’ve met Ken! We’re thinking of you here, Eileen.
So sorry to see this. Ken and I were great friends in Vietnam. We both received the Silver Stars and Bronze Stars on the same missions. Rest in Peace my friend
Good evening Mr. Wills,
I was wondering if you may be available sometime to talk about your experiences with my grandfather. If so, I would greatly appreciate your time.