In Memory of Gerald "Jerry" H. Gronau

Gerald "Jerry" H. Gronau
Gerald "Jerry" H. Gronau
Born: August 18, 1941
Died: May 3, 2021
Age: 79
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Gerald "Jerry" H. Gronau
August 18, 1941 - May 3, 2021
From: Odebolt, IA

Gerald “Jerry” H. Gronau, age 79, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021, at the Odebolt Specialty Care of Odebolt, Iowa. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. David Viggers will officiate. A Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Committal services will be held at a later date.   

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, masks and social distancing are encouraged. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s name can be made to the Odebolt Fire Department, Odebolt Community Center or Trinity Lutheran Church-Odebolt, Iowa.

Gerald “Jerry” Henry Gronau, the son of Albert L. and Virginia “Boots” (Sandstrom) Gronau, was born August 18, 1941, in Denison, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stockholm Township, in Deloit, Iowa. Jerry attended country school at Stockholm #4 just up the road from his home and later graduated from Denison High School with the class of 1959. Jerry served his country in the Army National Guard from 1959 until 1965. 

On September 10, 1961, Jerry was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Hare at St. John’s Lutheran Church and to this union was born three children. In 2011 they celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a catered supper and dance at the Odebolt Community Center with many relatives and friends in attendance.

Jerry and Barb started their married life in Kiron then Boyer before settling in Odebolt the last 53 years. Jerry worked for IBP, Kollbaums, City of Odebolt, Standard Oil Fertilizer, owned and operated Jerry’s Standard gas station, Arthur Elevator and finally retired at Beckman Motors. Jerry enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and playing cards in his earlier years.  He loved to listen to KWMT radio station, watch Mountain Men and Westerns. He also enjoyed the “Molly B” Polka show and was able to meet her a year ago in Storm Lake and was able to dance to her band. Jerry always had everything organized. His vehicles and garage needed to be spotless. If you borrowed a tool or anything, he knew it and it needed to get back in its rightful spot as everything had its specific nail or hook.

Jerry was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt where he served as an usher and trustee. Jerry and Barb also worked as janitors at the church for about four years after he retired.  He was active in the community as a member of the Odebolt Fire Department and served as Fire Chief and drove for the ambulance crew. 

Jerry loved to host family and friends in their home. Family was very important to Jerry and he showed his love by lending a helping hand to fix things whenever he could. He was always ready with a story or a joke to tell.

Those left to share Jerry’s memories are his wife of almost 60 years, Barb Gronau of Odebolt, IA; children: Terri Ullrich (Jeff) of Ida Grove, IA, Crystal Gronau of Storm Lake, IA and Keith Gronau (Karen) of Aurora, CO; seven grandchildren: Drew Ullrich (Krista), Danielle Bushong (Blake), Coy Clark, Alicia Tjelmeland (Tyler), Abby Gronau, Kate Gronau, Jay Gronau; four great-grandchildren: Aria Ullrich, Claire, Drake & Kate Tjelmeland and baby boy Bushong coming in August; two sisters: Jean Kropf and Jane Gronau both of Kiron, IA; brother-in-law Larry Hare (Dianne) of Battle Creek, IA; sister-in-law Colleen Hare (Larry Garland) of Venice, FL; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Virginia Gronau; brother Abe and his wife Lynne; his parents-in-law Art & Annabelle Hare; nephew Scott Gronau; brothers-in-law Lyle Kropf, Gerald Hare and Richard Hare and his wife Shirley.   


2:00 p.m., Friday,
May 7, 2021
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Rev. David Viggers


Honorary Pallbearers
Drew Ullrich
Danielle Bushong
Alicia Tjelmeland
Coy Clark
Abby Gronau
Kate Gronau
Jay Gronau


12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Friday,
May 7, 2021
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


"Beyond The Sunset" by Pat Boone
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives" ~ hymn
"Jesus Lives! The Victory's Won" ~ hymn
"How Great Thou Art" by Elvis Presley


At A Later Date


Monday, May 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM
“Our deepest sympathy and prayers to Barb and all the Gronau family. Jerry will be so missed. He was always so much fun to be around. We shared many great times with Jerry. Loved his laugh. You are in our thoughts during this time. Hugs to all of you!”
- Rog and Glo Huis enga
Monday, May 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM
“Barb, Jeanie, and Jane,
It has probably been 60 plus years that I have seen Jerry, but I remember the birthday parties that were held on his "home place" where we played outdoor games around the farm yard when there were two houses a number of out buildings and fenced cattle pens and now just a building down by the road with "gingerbread" on it. You have memories as well to keep and Sharon and I send our sincere condolences to the three of you.”
- Denis & Sharon Dahms
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:35 AM
“His light will forever shine within you. Will be thinking of you and your families. ”
- Dale and Doris Wiley
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:35 AM
“Sending Sympathy to Barb and Family on your loss. Sending Prayers!! God is Holding You!!
- Marvin and Bette Still
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:35 AM
“RIP Jerry! You will be missed! ”
- Mike and Patty Heuton
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:35 AM
“I was so sad hearing about the passing of my cousin Jerry. He had a blessed life filled with all sorts of love happiness, joy and of course —beer! He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. My love to all the family ”
- Sandra Busey
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:35 AM
“Crystal and Coy,
Thinking about you two as you navigate through this difficult time. Hold on to each other, and be there for Grandma, her world will never be the same. Your parents are everything to you and losing one carves a hole that is hard to fill. Love to all and prayers as you to comfort the loss. ”
- Bruceanne Phillips
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:17 AM
“My condolences to Barb and family, Jerry was a great guy to work with and fun to be around ”
- Jon
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:17 AM
“Shannon and I would like to send our deepest condolences out to the Gronau family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the calmness of Gods nearness bring you peace.”
- Mike & Shannon Kohler
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:17 AM
“My sincere sympathy to Jerry’s family!”
- Marlene Lundell West
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:17 AM
“So sorry for you loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and be with you Barb Jean and Jane and the rest of the family. He was such a good man and so fun to be around. I was happy to spend the time I did with him and Barb in Boyer and Odebolt. Lots of fun times and great memories. He will be greatly missed 😵😵🙏❤❤❤”
- Kelly Harms
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