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September 16, 2019

7/26/2019 9:20:00 AM
Edward 'Ed' Grunewald

Edward "Ed" Grunewald, 79, of Windom died July 18, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Pratap officiating.
Special music will be provided by Colleen Ortmann, organist; and Mike Foley, vocal soloist, singing "The Lord's Prayer."
Congregational hymns will be "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."
Server will be Joe LaCanne. Ushers will be Mike Bregel and John and Pat Lenz.
Casket bearers will be David Miller, Danny Miller, Timmy Miller, Dean Nelson, Taylor Nelson and Blake Nelson.
Honorary bearers will be all who are present to celebrate Ed's life.
Interment will follow at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation was Tuesday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continues today at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
"Big Ed" was born Edward Dean Grunewald at home in Windom on March 23, 1940, to William and Cleo (Fricke) Grunewald.
At a very early age he was helping his dad to haul anything that could be moved by their trucks. By age 9, he was driving a dump truck while many of his friends were playing ball or swimming. This allowed Ed to later become a partner and then sole proprietor of Grunewald Gravel.
Being a natural with machine operation, he proudly stated that he has dug most of the basements and landscaped the yards in Windom as well as demolished many out-of-service buildings.
With the help of loyal employees, Grunewald Gravel maintained several area township roads. Snow removal was among the multitude of side jobs that he felt obligated to do.
School days offered socialization with all students, especially his very close, lifelong Class of 1958 friends, and the camaraderie of fellow teammates. Although successful in football and baseball, basketball was by far his favorite sport. His trophy, a WAHS leather basketball autographed by Wednesday night ballers, symbolizes his devotion even after retiring from the game at age 72.
After six years of courtship, Ed and Nete (Juanita Timmons) were married on Oct. 13, 1962, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom. Christe, Terry and Chelle made them into the family that was their focal point until grandsons Danny, Taylor, Timmy and Blake stole their hearts and led them to high school sporting events in the metro and taught them U.S. geography as they followed many college games.
The gift of retirement was enjoyed by sharing their Fish Lake home. Circling the lake on the pontoon never got old.
Ed's motto to "always treat people decently" has resulted in the multitude of friends that are paying tribute to him.
Missing Edward are his wife, Nete; and Christe (David Miller), Danny, Timmy (Erin) Miller; and Terry (Dean Nelson), Taylor (Allie Rooney), Blake Nelson; and Chelle Grunewald; and Mary Lou Walinga his sister.
Preceded in eternal life are parents, Bill and Cleo; and sister, Cynthia Hanson.
Thank you, God, for blessing us with your very best!

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