The funeral mass for Donald Grossman of Morris, MN will be held Monday, January 25, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, MN. Celebrant for the mass will be Father Todd Schneider. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:00 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Chokio, MN. Military rites will be provided by the Morris American Legion, V.F.W. and AmVets.
Donald Peter Grossman, son of John and Cecelia (Foley) Grossman, was born July 7, 1921 in Chokio, Minnesota, where he grew up and attended country school. Following his schooling, Don helped his dad on the farm. Don enlisted in the United States Navy in 1939. He was honorably discharged in 1943 and moved back to Chokio to help on the family farm. Don was united in marriage to Shirley Pashan on June 8, 1948. The couple made their home on a farm south of Chokio, where Don farmed and drove school bus until 1969, when they moved to Morris. He then started working at the University of Minnesota, Morris in the maintenance department and continued to drive bus for the Morris Area School District until retiring in 1994. During his spare time, Don would coach baseball. He coached for over 26 years for several organizations including little league and American Legion baseball.
He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, the American Legion and the V.F.W. He enjoyed coaching and watching baseball, mowing the lawn, and going fishing as often as he could with his son, Rick at Nancy's cabin on Battle Lake.
Don died on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the age of 94 at West Wind Village in Morris, MN.
He is survived by his six children: Rick (Barb) Grossman of Morris, Greg (Cathy) Grossman of Morris, Steve (Lori) Grossman of Harwood, ND, John (Dianne) Grossman of Alberta, Vivinette Grossman of Eau Claire, WI and Mary (Larry) Friesen of Donnelly; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and sister: Mary LaQua of Starbuck. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; infant son, Donald Grossman, Jr.; daughter, Nancy Grossman; son-in-law, Dick Frank; grandson, Travis Jorgenson; great-grandsons, Jackson Grossman and Chad Houle; great-great-grandson, Braxton Houle; his parents and five sisters: Florence Ritter, Edna Hazen, Grace Jevas, Margaret Hogge and Lenore Willert.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS THE FAMILY PREFERS MEMORIALS TO THE AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL.