In Memory of Leo E. Grote

Leo E. Grote
Leo E. Grote
Born: January 24, 1938
Died: March 2, 2020
Age: 82
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Leo E. Grote
January 24, 1938 - March 2, 2020
From: Wall Lake, IA

Leo E. Grote, age 82, of Wall Lake, Iowa passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020, at the MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2020, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Wall Lake, Iowa. Pastor Carl Lee will officiate. Committal will follow in the Wall Lake Cemetery of Wall Lake, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Wall Lake, Iowa.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Leo Erwin Grote, the son of Anton and Loretta (Hinners) Grote, was born on January 24, 1938, in Arcadia, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm north of Arcadia and graduated from Arcadia High School with the class of 1957.

On January 11, 1965, Leo married the love of his life Lois Albrecht in Jackson, Minnesota. The couple first settled in Odebolt, Iowa, before relocating to Wall Lake, Iowa, in 1967. Leo and Lois were blessed with three children: Perry, Michelle, and Christopher.

Leo held various jobs throughout his life. Starting in his youth at Neil Richardson Implement and then Quinn Popcorn. He started his trucking career hauling for TJaden Oil and transitioned to CPS formerly known as Boyer Valley, where he hauled farm chemical for 35 years.

Leo enjoyed collecting International tractor memorabilia, dancing to the Waltz and Polka music, and firing up his grill. He was an avid gardener and took pride in manicuring his lawn. He will be remembered for his beautiful vegetable garden and his love of sweets. His family fondly remembers finding root beer barrel hard candies in his pockets and hidden in the car.

In 2012, Leo was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and through the last five years of his battle he found comfort in his four-legged companion Hawkeye.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Lois Grote of Wall Lake, IA; children, Perry (Karen) Grote of Wall Lake, IA, Michelle (Mark) Wyrick of Boone, IA, and Christopher (Jodi) Grote of Wall Lake, IA; five grandchildren: Brayton (Kirstin) Grote of Ankeny, IA, Josie  and Jada Wyrick of Boone, IA, and Connor and Olivia Grote of Wall Lake, IA; great-grandson Beau Grote; brothers, Arnold (Marilyn) Grote, Michael Grote, and Walter (Kathy) Grote all of Wall Lake, IA; sister Luella (Bob) Wilwerding of Defiance, IA; brother-in-law Jim Meister of Lake View, IA; and sister-in-law Sharon Grote of Carroll, IA; four legged companion Hawkeye; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents Anton and Loretta Grote; brother Anthony Grote; and sister Mary Ann Meister.



10:30 a.m., Friday
March 6, 2020
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Wall Lake, Iowa


Pastor Carl Lee


Brayton Grote
Kirstin Grote
Josie Wyrick
Cory Irwin
Jada Wyrick
Connor Grote
Olivia Grote


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Wall Lake, Iowa


"The Old Rugged Cross"
"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"


Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Friday, March 6, 2020 at 9:23 AM
“Lois, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Leo will be missed .”
- Charla Grote
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:34 PM
“Chris, Jodi and your family. So sorry for your loss. ”
- Dana Randolph
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:34 PM
“Sending prayers and condolences to the Grote family, especially our sister-in-law, Luella. May you remember the good times. ”
- Joan and Dick Munchrath
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:34 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you Lois and family. May you find peace that Leo's suffering is over and he's with God.”
- Lue Baker
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 4:11 PM
“Sincere sympathy to Christopher and Jodi on the death of your father. Keep the memories alive. May God be with you at this time. ”
- Charlotte and Gerald Tripp
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 12:24 PM
“Our prayers go out to all of you, may you find peace & comfort in the days ahead.”
- Debbie & Pat (Albrecht) Wise
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 12:24 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Hugs and prayers to all. Take care.”
- Sandy Harris
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