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Lewis Joseph Grund

Lewis Joseph Grund, 96, of Northwood, IA passed away on February 7, 2021 at St. Johns Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Services for Lewis will be held at a later date.

Lewis was born on September 15, 1924 to Joseph and Fransiska Grund. On April 11, 1953 he married Ann Hangge. Lewis grew up on a farm in the Ware Iowa area and graduated from Ware Iowa High School in 1943. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII as an aerial engineer which gave him a lifetime interest in flying. He received his private pilots license and aircraft and engine license shortly after WWII. He owned two airplanes and also built one on his own. Lewis worked for Gleaner Harvester in Independence, Missouri until he started farming in the late 1940s. He moved to a farm near Emmons, Minnesota in 1952 and farmed full-time until 1972 when he became employed at Deluxe (later Fleetguard) in Lake Mills, Iowa while also farming part-time. Lewis retired from farming and Fleetguard in 1988.

Lewis was very good at mechanical work and did most of the repairs on his farm machinery himself. He was also very active in his church. He received the Bishop’s award from the diocese of Winona.

Survivors include his children, Craig (Allaire Anderson) Grund, Steven (Ambre) Grund, Heidi (Kim) Emmert; grandchildren, Derek Emmert, Avery Emmert and Vincent Grund; brother, John; and sister, Betty Grund.

Lewis was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; parents; brothers, Melvin and Bill; and sister, Dorothy Meister.

His family wishes to thank the staff at St. Johns Lutheran Home and St. Croix Hospice for their helpful care and support during Lewie’s last days.

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Our family sympathies to you all. Lewis always seemed to be cheerful and happy guy--a smile on his face and taking time for a story. May you all find peace with God's blessings and sharing the wonderful memories.

Valerie Kvale Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to Craig, Heidi, Steven, and family.
Uncle Lewis was a kind hard working family man.
I remember his work ethic while working with Lewis at area farms shelling corn in the 60s. Lewis worked hard while setting the example for us to follow.
I remember his abilities to repair equipment and weld-fabricate metal. Lewis was an ingenious resourceful mechanical engineer. He made a motor-powered scooter for my siblings and I to enjoy in our childhood while on the farm.
I remember when Lewis would stop by my house for a spontaneous visit when he was cruising in the area on a Honda motorcycle.
I remember him as a volunteer for the Salvation Army.
I remember visiting with Lewis in 2019 at St. Johns where he spoke of his memories and how proud he was of his children and grandchildren.
Lewis will continue his presence in my memories.

Ray Grund Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

I will always remember what a kind and honorable man my uncle Lewie was. My mom and I always looked forward to when Lewis would come visit. They were very happy memories and will always remember his kindness towards our family.

Angie Mckenna Feb 8 2021 12:00 AM