Warren Edward Grothmann, 78, Hillsboro, ND passed away from natural causes on Thursday, March 9th, 2017. He was born on September 28th, 1938 to Henry and Hilda Grothmann of Blanchard, North Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church. He grew up on the family farm near Blanchard. He attended school at Blanchard No. 1 through eighth grade and graduated from Northwest School of Agriculture at Crookston, MN. After graduation, Warren served in the North Dakota U.S. Army National Guard for a period.
In 1959, Warren married Genevie Kay Sandbo. From this union, Deanna, Debra and Timothy were born. Warren was a very skilled heavy equipment operator and his work in road construction took the family to several Midwest states and many locations across North Dakota. The marriage later ended.
Warren enjoyed people and was an excellent conversationalist. He was an avid reader and collected many books. He once made the statement that without books and the ability to read, he would be lost. He enjoyed his daily ritual of meeting friends for breakfast and making the rounds around town to visit and occasionally join a game of pinochle. He was a farmer at heart and looked forward to the new baby lambs every spring. He delighted in the antics of the young children that came along in his extended family and would occasionally indulge them for Easter. Warren enjoyed various hobbies but wood working was a favorite. He was talented. When his children were young, he hand-carved and painted an entire farm set complete with a house, barn, outbuildings, working yard lights, cows, horses and pigs. He also loved board and card games.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Arthur (Art) and David. Art and Warren were best friends. Warren was heartbroken when he lost his brother. Survivors include his children, Deanna Lynn Langman (Scott) of Billings, Montana; Debra Lee Maheux of Kent Island, Maryland; Timothy Warren Grothmann (Susan) of Elko, Nevada and two sisters, Ruth Johnson (James), Blanchard, ND and Mary Rotenberger (Edmund, deceased) of Torrance, CA and sister-in-law Sharon Grothmann Radebaugh. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Alexandra South (TX); Tyler South (CO); Karly South(MT); Jeffrey Maheux; Jason Maheux (Mary), Julie Maheux (MD); Ryan Kison (CO); Garrett Grothmann (NV); Jaymee Grothmann (GA); one great granddaughter, Mia Maheux (MD). Warren had many nieces and nephews whose company he enjoyed. He held a special place in his heart for each of them and their families. Warren cherished the lifelong friendship he had with Bobby Petrie and Kenny Beckmann. A special thank you to Kevin Grothmann and Ann Grothmann Kelley for keeping a watchful eye on their uncle. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A family gathering and visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 17th at St. John Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. A luncheon at the church will follow. Warren will be buried next to his parents at Bohnsack Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com