The Lusk Herald
October 29, 2008
William Fred "Bill" Grote
William Fred "Bill" Grote, 47, of Harrison, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 of cancer complicated by lung failure. Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at the Harrison High School with Reverend James Martin officiating. Burial followed at the Harrison Cemetery. Memorials have been established for the Harrison Fire/Rescue and for Lung Research.
Bill was born on April 29, 1961 to Melvin and Madeline (Bruegger) Grote of Lusk, Wyoming. He grew up on the family ranch and graduated from Sioux County High School where he was a state champion wrestler. Bill worked for a short time in Montana where he made lifelong friends before returning to the family ranch north of Harrison. He later married Pam Colgate and they had a son, Lane William, who was the pride and joy of Bill's life.
He was an avid outdoorsman and took great pleasure in sharing his passions with his son Lane. They enjoyed countless hours camping, hunting, fishing, roping, golfing, and just enjoying the beauty of nature, often accompanied by Bill's numerous close friends. Many times these outings were followed by a ruthless game of pool or a cutthroat game of poker. One recent adventure took him to Minnesota on a successful black bear hunt. However nothing could surpass the great pride he took in watching and encouraging Lane in his various sporting events and activities.
Bill was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church. He was also a Director on the Sioux County Fair Board and the Rural Fire District.
Bill is survived by his son Lane; mother Madeline Grote; sisters Bonnie and Mike Anderson, Connie & Mike Shay, Sandie and John Geiser; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Melvin Grote, his sister Twila Grote, and his grandparents.
Adam Lee Bruegger (August 5, 1986 - May 30, 1998)Colten Burri Bruegger (July 28, 1991 - October 3, 2012)David John Bruegger (August 22, 1952 - October 24, 1984)Fred Arnold Bruegger (February 3, 1941 - April 26, 2007)Friedrich F. Bruegger (August 18, 1889 - October 16, 1966)John Bruegger (September 13, 1926 - June 24, 1973)Krista Diane Bruegger (April 1, 1986 - December 10, 2003)Martha Bruegger (September 21, 1905 - April 17, 1990)Tommy James Bruegger (November 24, 1967 - March 10, 2014)Margarete Martha Fernau (February 22, 1931 - January 15, 2002)Russell George Fernau (March 12, 1931 - January 28, 1971)Kenneth Ray Freeman (August 21, 1933 - May 15, 1990)Mary Rose Freeman (April 14, 1935 - March 28, 2015)Dwanne Allen Grote (July 26, 1950 - May 4, 1999)Earl August Grote (September 23, 1919 - July 24, 1965)Emma Lena Grote (August 13, 1898 - November 16, 1992)Jerry Sue Grote (February 10, 1936 - June 5, 2005)John G. Grote (June 11, 1906 - March 5, 1991)Melvin Robert Grote (October 9, 1923 - September 19, 2003)Twila Ann Grote (June 9, 1962 - April 2, 1983)William Grote (January 1, 1892 - January 21, 1970)Albert J. Rabe (July 13, 1915 - August 27, 1982)Alice Irene Rabe (October 15, 1917 - March 7, 1986)Julius B. Rabe (July 19, 1913 - February 10, 1988)Elaine Nadine Walker (September 26, 1925 - October 27, 2008)
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