Delno John (Del) Grosenheider was born on February 10, 1935 in Litchfield, Illinois. He died on October 28, 2013 in Austin, Texas following an extended illness. He was the eldest of eight children born to Junas L. Grosenheider and Esther ONeil Knabel. He grew up in Illinois and graduated from Raymond High School in 1953. After serving in the Air Force in Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas in 1962 with a BA degree. He then enrolled in the UT School of Law and graduated in 1964 with a JD degree. While in law school he served on the Honor Council and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta.

On August 30, 1959, he married the former Margaret Noel Adams in Gatesville, Texas. After marriage, they settled in Austin where they lived their lives. His first job as a lawyer was with the State Securities Board where he was employed in prosecuting securities fraud throughout the State of Texas. He then moved to private practice and was a founding partner in the law firm of Wilson, Grosenheider and Jacobs. He continued his practice as an attorney for 35 years, until his retirement in 2001.

He was a member of the Austin Bar Association, Travis County Bar Association, State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. He was admitted to practice in Texas in December of 1963 and was subsequently also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He was a diligent student of the law and appeared in most of the District Courts of Central Texas where he represented his clients in more than 100 jury trials to conclusion. He was a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He was Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. He was a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Extracurricular activities and pursuits included being active with and serving as President of the Texas Spokes Sports Car Club and, later, racing sports cars under the auspices of the Sports Car Club of America. During the past 20 years, he toured all 48 of the contiguous United States, Canada and Mexico on his favorite BMW motorcycles. He was a member of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America and the Hill Country BMW Riders Club. He taught Sunday school and served as a lay reader at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. He was a volunteer for the KMFA annual fundraiser, was an admirer of the music of Mozart, Vivaldi and Debussy and was often found hiking or working on and maintaining trails in the Ouachita or Guadalupe mountains with the Central Texas Trail Tamers. He was a member of Les Amis du Vin and appreciated a good glass of Riesling, Burgundy, Bordeaux or Port.

Del was preceded in death by Margaret his late wife of 46 years, as well as his parents and his brother Elton. He is survived by his sons John S. Grosenheider and Michael D. Grosenheider, his brother Larry and his wife Elena, brother Gary, brother Kevin and his wife Mary, brother Terry and his wife Ave, sister Peggy and her husband Terry Crary, brother Brent and his wife Donna.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on November 11, at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Rd. in Austin. Please join us for a reception afterwards to thank all of Dels friends, The ALS Association Texas Chapter, the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Dels care giving team and Hospice of the Hills for their support during his illness.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to The ALS Association Texas Chapter, 8705 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 114, Austin, Texas, 78757; Classical 89.5 KMFA, 3001 N. Lamar, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78705; or The University of Texas School of Law, 727 E Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2013