Roland “Rollie” Frederick Grotegut

Monday, March 28, 2016 5:29 pm

Roland “Rollie” Frederick Grotegut, 87, of Decorah, died Saturday, March 26, 2016, at his home in Decorah. Funeral services are at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at Zion United Church of Christ, 113 First Street N.E., in Waukon, with Pastor Samantha Houser presiding. Burial is in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Casket bearers are Roland’s grandsons: Travis Robinson, Matt Haberkorn, Todd Haberkorn, Eric Haberkorn, Luke Sabbann, David Sabbann, Brad Webbles and Tom Webbles. Interment is at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Rollie Grotegut was born Jan. 18, 1929, the son of Simon and Lydia (Rolfs) Grotegut in rural Waukon. Rollie was baptized at Salem United Church of Christ and attended there the first eight years of his life. The family moved closer to Waukon and he became a member of Zion United Church of Christ where he was confirmed April 18, 1943, and remains a member today. Rollie attended school in Waukon area. At a very early age Rollie started working for several local farmers; from 1951 to 1974 he worked the family farm, one and a half miles west of Waukon. After that he worked as a yardman for 18 years at the Northeast Iowa Sales Commission, near Waukon, retiring in 1992. Rollie was united in marriage to Dorrene Nolting Aug. 1, 1951, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Together they raised their daughter, Judith, until Dorrene’s passing in 1986. Rollie married Hazel (Telford) Rasmussen June 22, 1990, at Decorah Lutheran Church. He felt blessed to become part of Hazel’s large family and part of their lives. Together they made their home three miles east of Decorah, until they moved into Decorah three years ago. Rollie was a hard worker who approached everything with skill, vigor and curiosity. He loved many things: horses, woodworking, hunting, fishing, gardening and playing cards. Rollie loved all young people and especially loved holding babies. He was a social man with many friends — whether it be sharing morning coffee at McDonalds or wintering in Arizona. He was a man with quick smiles and powerful hugs who had a knack for making people feel special and loved. Rollie also folded greeting cards to create small gift boxes for residents of area nursing homes. Rollie had his first heart attack when he was 57, followed by many setbacks over the years. We were blessed that God gave him 30 more years before his heart finally couldn’t do it any more. Rollie passed away peacefully in his favorite chair with the loving family at his side.

Rollie is survived by his wife, Hazel Grotegut, Decorah; four daughters: Judith Grotegut Robinson, Decorah; his expanded family: Deb Haberkorn, Eureka, Mo.; Connie (Mike) Sabbann, Woodbury, Minn.; and Denise Thorsen, Rochester, Minn.; 10 grandchildren: Travis Robinson, Matt (Sheri) Haberkorn, Todd (Val) Haberkorn, Eric (Fatimah) Haberkorn, Luke Sabbann, Leslie Sabbann, David Sabbann, Laura (Adam) Kramer, Brad (Nina) Webbles and Tom (Anne) Webbles; nine great-grandchildren: Isaac, Anna and Nathan Haberkorn, John, Mark and Eden Haberkorn, Maddy, Allie and Charlie Kramer; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Audrey Angel, Waukon; Carolyn Grotegut, Bettendorf, Emmet Nolting, Waukon; Harriet Onsager, Hastings, Minn.; Nadine (Dave) Siems, Fergus Falls, Minn.; and Neal (Vicki) Telford, Des Moines.

Rollie was preceded in death by his parents, Simon and Lydia Grotegut; his first wife, Dorrene Nolting Grotegut; two brothers, Leonard Grotegut and Ralph Grotegut; sister, Virginia (Ordell) Bjerke; brother-in-law, Oscar Onsager; sister-in-law, Coila Nolting; son-in-law, Gary Haberkorn; his fathers-in-law and mothers-in-law, Ruben and Esther Nolting; Jack and Minnie Telford.

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