Robert Herbert Grossheim
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Robert Herbert Grossheim, age 83, of Plymouth went home to be with his Lord on Monday, April 15, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family under the care of Sharon S. Richardson Hospice.
Robert was born in Plymouth son of the late Henry Adolf Grossheim and Esther (Gumtow) Grossheim.
He attended St. John Lutheran Grade School in Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1948.
Robert enlisted in the United States Army in September 1948 and was stationed in Okinawa. After being discharged from the Army in May ofn1950, he married Joyce Anna Luedtke on July 22 1950 at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Cascade.
In his early years of marriage he worked for: Kohler, Borden's, Central Oil Company in Adell, as a bookkeeper, Tecumseh Die Cast, where he was President of the Union, and a truck driver.
Finally in 1971 he started his dream job at Sargento Foods, as an over the road truck driver, with an 18 wheel Freightliner. Reaching a 1 million mile safety goal with no accidents was an especially rewarding experience for Robert. He finished his career having driven over 2 million miles. In 1992 Robert retired and continued to drive part-time for Sargento and Ryder Rental trucks until about 1999.
Robert enjoyed watching and playing sports, fishing, hunting, and playing cards. He enjoyed belonging to the World Cheese Center Post VFW Post #5612, as a faithful supporter of veterans and their families. He loved to travel, taking his wife and children to Yellowstone National Park in 1967 and to Florida many times. He also took his wife to Canada, Hawaii, and New Zealand. Over the years made many trips were made to visit family in Florida, Alabama and in Minnesota.
Survivors include: His wife Joyce, Plymouth and sister Doris (Jerry) Reiss, Crivitz, WI, a son and four daughters Bruce R. Grossheim, Mishicot, Debbie (Andy) Karr, Florida, Jennifer (Roger) Kvaale, Minnesota, June (Dennis) Walosz, Alabama, Susan (Michael) DeGroff, Cascade, WI, eight grandchildren: Robert B. (Sara) Grossheim, Teri Grossheim, Ed (Shannon) Kvaale, Susan (Justin) Thompson, Theresa (David) Smid, Rebecca (Burt) Vanderhoof, Amber (Nick) Kissinger, James M. DeGroff, seven great grandchildren: Brooke, Bryce, Bennett, Beth, and Bell Grossheim, Matthew Kvaale and Samantha Smid, and nephews: Keith and Dewayne Sessler.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Schneider Funeral Home (123 South Street) Plymouth with Robert's grandson, Rev. Ed Kvaale, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 AM until the time of service.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Memorial Hospital who cared for Robert during his three-week stay in February and to Dr C. Kapur at Aurora Health Center. A special thanks to Sharon Richardson Hospice care, Dr. Joseph, RN's, CNA's and volunteers. Your tireless work and continuous efforts made it possible for our father to be home with us and cared for while still keeping his dignity. You helped us keep him comfortable the last four weeks of his life so we could share his love and last wishes with him, while supporting us 24/7. Thank you, we couldn't have done it without you.
A memorial fund in the name of Robert Grossheim has been established for Sharon S. Richardson Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.schneiderlifetributes.com
Straight forward with a hint of a tease
Even if few, his words he did mean
His eyes and grin put me at ease
Through what was done, his love could be seen
A man to be proud of
So knowledgeable and strong
Loving and dedicated
To this family he showed we belonged
From bribes of M&M's
And kisses to get through
Smiles and giggles at the kitchen table
Memories, hugs, and lots of love too
This is and always will be My Grandpa
By granddaughter, Susan Thompson
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Apr. 17, 2013