Donald Grotte, age 69, of St. Francis died August 8, 2016 at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday, August 12th at Long Lake Lutheran Church with Rev. Matt Flom officiating. Friends and family may gather 1 hour before the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Isanti VFW Post 2735. He will be laid to rest in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, Camp Ripley. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the East Central Minnesota Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 684.
Donald Charles Grotte was born April 22, 1947 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Leonard and Joyce (Baker) Wood. He was adopted and raised by John and Evelyn Grotte in Quincy, Illinois. Don graduated from Quincy High School. Don joined the Army on June 20, 1966 and would serve in the military for 20 years. Don married Betty on August 31, 1975 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They lived in several places over the years because of his military career. After his Army discharge they lived in Aurora, Colorado and then moved to St. Francis in 1986 where they have since made their home. Don was a past Post Commander of the Isanti VFW Post 2735 and the “The Military Order of the Cooties”. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America and was active in the Isanti County Yellow Ribbon program. Don enjoyed going camping and was very active in many volunteer activities.
Don passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis on August 8, 2016 at the age of 69 years, 3 months and 17 days. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Gage. He is survived by his wife, Betty of St. Francis; 2 daughters, Misty Gott of Clear Lake, Wendy (Chris) Baumgardt of Nowthen; 6 grandchildren, Samantha, Benjamin, Faith, Tanner, Logan and MacKenzie; 3 sisters, Vickie (Virgil) Olson of Seattle, Joyce Devenport of LaCrosse. Cookie Wood of LaCrosse; 3 brothers, Bill (LaVonne) Wood of LaCrosse, Dennis Wood of LaCrosse, John Paul Grotte of Quincy; and by many other relatives and friends.