Don "Sonny" Grossniklaus
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78, of Wooster, died on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 from injuries sustained in a car accident near Apple Creek. He was born in Holmes County on March 24, 1935 to the late Hans and Alice Grossniklaus. He was the owner of Gross Lumber Company and had formerly managed the Alpine Alpa Cheese factory for many years. He loved stock car racing and had raced his number 75 Dodge at many dirt tracks over the years. He was an avid Mopar enthusiast. He also formerly held ownership in the Buckeye Speedway. He enjoyed spending his winters in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
He is survived by children, Rick (Julia) Grossniklaus of Wooster, Bonnie (Jerry) Kandel of Millersburg, Ozzie (Brenda) Grossniklaus of Wilmot and Connie (Tom) DeVoll of Dundee; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; his first wife, Katie Grossniklaus of Winesburg; close friend, Cheryl Pompey of New Philadelphia; and his cat, Rosie.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marge; and sisters, Suzette "Snooks" Grossniklaus and Jeanette Horisberger.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Spidell Funeral Home, 15900 Main Street, Mt. Eaton, with Pastor Roger "Skeet" Warnes officiating. Burial will follow in the Dover Burial Park. Friends may call on Wednesday from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial website has been created by the funeral home and may be accessed at www.spidellfuneralhome.com where you may share a memory or sign the guestbook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christian Children's Home of Ohio, 2685 Armstrong Road, Wooster, OH 44691 or The Village Network, Boy's Village Campus, P.O. Box 518, Smithville, OH 44677.
Spidell Funeral Homes Inc. - Mount Eaton Chapel
15900 East Main Street
Mount Eaton, OH 44659
Published in The Times Reporter on Oct. 8, 2013