In Memory of Emmett Vernon Grove

Emmett Vernon Grove
Emmett Vernon Grove
Born: February 12, 2020
Died: December 29, 2020
Age: 0
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Emmett Vernon Grove
February 12, 2020 - December 29, 2020
From: Battle Creek, IA

Emmett V. Grove, age 10 months, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at the Children’s Hospital of Omaha, Nebraska.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 4, 2021, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Rev. Randy Cormeny will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Battle Center Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2021, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s proclamation, masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines apply during all services. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Emmett Vernon Grove was born on February 12, 2020, at Methodist Womens Hospital in Elkhorn, Nebraska, to Jesse and Rachel Grove. He went to be with our lord and savior on December 29, 2020 at Children’s Hospital of Omaha.

Emmett was truly an incredible baby boy who had a true love for life and those who cared for him. He touched a countless number of lives with his strength and resilience. His surgeon, Dr. Ali Ibrahimye, said “He is like a superhero who gets shot in the chest but just keeps going.” and that is exactly what Emmett always did. During Emmett’s good days his favorite things were to be read to and he loved snuggling with his mama. On Emmett’s bad days he loved just being talked to and he loved when his nurses or mama would rub his head. Emmett had an infectious smile and he really enjoyed looking at himself in the mirror.

Emmett spent his whole life in the CICU at Childrens, 321 days. In those days he went through a countless number of procedures. In November of this year he was listed for a heart transplant and ten days later he received his new heart, something that his family and medical team thought would get him home. In true Emmett fashion it did not go as planned.

Emmett’s journey had been a long and difficult one and he remained strong until the end. And then God wrapped his arms around Emmett and took him home when his body was tired. He had amassed a large following of loyal prayer warriors on his Facebook page, Heart Strong for EV, who had followed his journey from the beginning. And to all of them Emmett’s family is forever grateful.

Emmett’s family would like to thank Emmett’s incredible medical team. Another one of his favorite things to do was to always keep them on their toes, and they handled it well. To all of his CICU family, from the very bottom of our hearts, thank you for taking care of and loving our baby boy.

To Dr. Ali, Dr. Hammel and Dr. Duncan thank you for working tirelessly to help Emmett. We are eternally grateful to each of you for everything.

Emmett was truly a one of a kind miracle and will be missed greatly and will be loved for always.

Left to cherish the memory of Emmett are his parents Jesse and Rachel Grove and proud big brother William of Battle Creek, IA; maternal grandparents Tedd and Lynn Christensen of Fontanelle, IA and Pat and Monica Brodersen of Battle Creek, IA; paternal grandparents Burley and Jeanie Grove of Battle Creek, IA; maternal great-grandparents Jim and Fran Brodersen of Mapleton, IA and Joyce Tromp of Battle Creek, IA; aunts and uncles, Justin and Carman Grove of Holstein, IA, Ed and Jenni Sohm of Battle Creek, IA, Lee and Jess Wallace of Battle Creek, IA, Ben and Jordan Bjorholm of Urbandale, IA, and Patrick Brodersen of Yankton, SD; many cousins and extended family.

Angels greeting Emmett with open arms are his paternal great-grandparents Vern and Arlene Reitz, Burley and Edna Grove; maternal great-grandparents Chuck Tromp, Earl Christensen, Ralph and Ada Habinck; great uncles Mike Brodersen and Steve James; and great aunt Sherrie Gritten.



2:00 p.m., Monday 
January 4, 2021
St. John's Lutheran Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Randy Cormeny


Collin Grove
Jack Sohm
Patrick Brodersen
Quinten Popp

Honorary Pallbearers
William Grove
Ed Sohm
Justin Grove
Lee Wallace
Lonnie Luscombe
Ben Bjorholm


3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 3, 2021


"Jesus Loves Me"


Battle Center Cemetery
rural Battle Creek, Iowa


Friday, January 8, 2021 at 3:19 PM
“Deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to everyone during this difficult time. We will hold you close in our thoughts in days ahead. May your hearts be strong. Hugs and prayers to all. Doug, Darcy and Reid Dailey”
- Doug and Darcy Dailey
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:02 AM
“Sharing in your sorrow and keeping your family in our most caring prayers. Sincerely, Your Friends at Northwest Area Education Agency”
- Northwest AEA
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“May God wrap his loving arms around you all in the days and weeks ahead. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers to your whole family. ♥️”
- John & Brenna Franken
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“Jesse, Rachel and families. We are so sorry for your loss. Emmett was a true fighter. He will be in the hands of God and all the Angels in heaven. You have our deepest sympathy. The Hartwigs”
- Byron Hartwig
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“My heart goes out to you all in your loss. There are just no words to convey what I feel right now. Hugs!”
- Cathy Johnson
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“May the peace of Christ be with you. My heart breaks but I rejoice that he was Baptized into Christ and this day sits with Him who has called him home. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Rod Dunker
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. What a fighter Emmett was. May you find comfort in your faith, family and many friends. ”
- judy meyer
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“I'm so sorry that I never got to meet you. You were taken way too soon little man. ”
- Charlie Ziemann
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“So sorry for your loss. God's blessings to you all.”
- Gaylin and Barbara Fey
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“It has been an honor - truly- to walk along side your family during the last year. To rally, to cry, to laugh, to rejoice , to pray, to love together.... one another. May God Bless you and hold you in his arms. Emmett until we meet in heaven, may your soul know mine loves you so lil man! 🙏💙😇 #heartstrongforEV”
- Shannon Daly
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“Our deepest condolences on the loss of your son. There are no right words at this time. We just want you to know that you have our full support in whatever you need. We hope you find strength in loved ones and family to help you get through this time. Wishing you peace and comfort.. Love from all of us”
- Lynn, Joe, Jamie, Ryan, Kylie, Tristian, Stacy, Brenda
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“I like so many others watched for updates on Emmett and prayed for him. I know he's safe and healthy in his heavenly home. May the good Lord Bless his family.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 1:34 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Emmett was a brave little boy. Prayers to you all. ”
- Carol and Ron Bresnahan
Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 11:36 AM
“To Emmett's family; your little warrior has fought a brave fight and is now resting in the arms of the Angels. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Larry and Pat.”
- Pat D Mildenstein-Rector and Larry Rector
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