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Myron Dale Groskopp age 92, of Stevens Point, passed away May 11, 2013 at St. Michael's Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Myron will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday May 16, 2013 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Rev. Thomas Lindner will officiate. Burial will be next to his wife, at the Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 PM on Wednesday at the Shuda Funeral Chapel. A Plover V.F.W Ritual will be held at 6:30 and a Bible Vigil will be prayed at 7:00, both Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will also be held on Thursday from 9:00 - 9:45 AM at Shuda Funeral Chapel.
Myron was born on June 24, 1920 at Frederick in Polk County, WI, the son of Raymond Charles and Esther M. (Nelson) Groskopp.
Myron grew up on the family farm located in the township of Daniels County WI. He attended a local one room school there and then attended Grantsburg High School, graduating in 1938. He attended U.W. Teachers College at River Falls, WI, 1938-1941. Myron enlisted in the Army Air Corp on November 2, 1942. He served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, he was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corp on February 15, 1946. He was a member of Post 6 American Legion and Plover VFW 10262. After the war Myron went back to the State Teachers College to complete his education, graduating with a BS Degree in Agricultural Education in 1946, and then attended the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture Department of Agronomy in 1958, graduating on January 2, 1959, with a MS in Agronomy.
Myron married Lorraine Mackie (deceased) in 1943, they had a daughter, Pamela Rae Groskopp. He married Alice H. (Clobes) Schabel and spent many years enjoying their life together. Alice passed away, December 20, 2004. He lovingly accepted her son's Thomas and Gary Schabel as his own. They had one daughter together, Kristine A. Groskopp-Lynd. Alice and Myron were members of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.
Myron served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin as County Agriculture Agent in Polk County, WI from 1946-1955. Myron enjoyed many years as an active member and founder of the West Sweden Wisconsin, Ski Jump Club and was the co-founder of the Tri Norse Ski Jumping Club (Wisconsin Rapids). From 1955-1966 he served as the Superintendent of the University of Wisconsin, Hancock Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1966 he left the University of Wisconsin and moved to Idaho to become a Research Director for the American Potato Company in Blackfoot Idaho. In 1974, he returned to Stevens Point. He retired from Basic Vegetables in 1986. He continued to be active in many Agricultural Organization, including the Potato Association of America and the Emeritus member of the American Phytopathology Society and Honorary Life member of the Potato Association of America. Myron also served as an Agricultural Consultant in Central Wisconsin for many years with many Portage County Potato Growers.
He had a great sense of humor. He was active well into his "Senior Years", downhill and cross country skiing and working with junior ski jumpers. He was an accomplished musician, excellent guitarist, but could play the banjo, mandolin, clarinet and many other instruments. He was very active in the community in both farming and in general.
Myron was nick named Mike, to many of his friend and relatives. He is survived by his children,Gary N. (Diane), Schabel, Pamela (John), Flaherty, and Kristine (Dan), Lynd. Two sisters-in-law, 8 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, wife Alice, brother Merlin Groskopp and son Tom.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com
Shuda Funeral Chapel
3200 Stanley St
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Published in Stevens Point Journal on May 15, 2013