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Carl Richard Gronquist

Carl Richard Gronquist

Carl Richard Gronquist, age 72 of Pepin, died Monday, May 27, 2019 at the Minneapolis VA Hospital in Minneapolis, MN with his family by his side.

Carl “Richard” was born on February 12, 1947 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the son of Pastor Carl A.H. and Marain (Lindroth) Gronquist. Carl moved with family to Sioux Falls, SD and New London, MN before moving to Stockholm, WI. Carl graduated from Pepin High School in 1965. On June 15, 1966, Carl joined the U.S. Air Force and served four years on active duty and two years inactive before being honorably discharged. On April 1, 1967 Carl married his high school sweetheart, Barbara S. Berg in Big Spring, TX. Carl later attended Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, WI where he graduated with a Airframe and Powerplant degree as an aircraft mechanic. Carl and Barbara moved to Pepin where they raised their family. Carl worked for Meyer Manufacturing in Hager City until retiring in 2011.

Carl was an active member of church, serving on church council, teaching Sunday School and confirmation for many years. He also served on the Pepin Village Board for 9 years and was currently serving as Chaplin for the Maiden Rock American Legion Post #158, which he was a member of for 20 years. Carl served for 38 years on the Pepin Fire Department and was currently serving as Fire Chief for the last 23 years.  

Carl enjoyed hunting, camping, traveling, going to air shows, the Packers, fishing and singing. He also liked to share stories and visit with people. Most of all, Carl loved to spend time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and his dog, Cuddles.

Carl is survived by his wife of 52 years; Barbara, one son; Carl Richard Jr. of Bay City, two daughters; Jolayne (Joel) Wener and Charlene (Randy) Westberg, both of Pepin, six grandchildren; Bryttany, Karlie, Krissa, Mason, Nolan and Kegan, four sisters; Janet (Leo) Novak of Spicer, MN, Marion Kruger of Beaver Dam, Joanne Allen of Lidgerwood, ND and Ruth (John) Gronquist-Burr of Fairbanks, AK, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; Pastor Carl A.H. and Marain Gronquist and brothers-in-law; Larry Kruger and Tom Allen.

Funeral Services will be 11:00AM Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Sabylund Lutheran Church in Stockholm with Rev. Jon Becker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Maiden Rock American Legion Post #158. Visitation will be from 5:00PM-8:00PM Friday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Sherri (Johnson) Redman

    My deepest sympathies. A great man. I enjoyed working with him when I was an EMT, and in the church. Blessings in Christ our Lord.

  2. Deb Johnson

    Barb, Jolayne, Charlene & Families,
    Due to a prior commitment, with heavy hearts, we will be unable to attend Carl's visitation and funeral. Our hearts are with you and will be with you Friday, Saturday and forever going forward during this sad time. Know that I respected and held Carl in a special place in my heart. He will be surely missed by all who knew him, me included. Hold dear your memories of this wonderful man.
    Blessings of Peace.
    Deb Johnson, Alex & Trey

  3. Dale Thompson

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sherry Jaquet

    My sympathy Marian. God will take good care of him now.

  5. Larry Ebert

    So sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Carl and I got along really well the many years that I was their insurance agent.
    Please accept my condolences.

  6. Diane Hovland

    So sorry for your family. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

  7. Lois Lund Scorgie

    To all of the Gronquists, I'll remember "Richard" with sympathy and prayers.

  8. LuAnn Ahlers Hayden

    Condolences to the entire Gronquist family. Thinking of his Fire Fighter family as well. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Cam and Deidre

    We are so saddened and shocked to see this news. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
    Cam and Deidre Haugland

  10. Michael P. Harney

    Our deepest sympathy to your family!! Sorry I cannot be there!! Mom sends her love to your family!

  11. John and Emily Haugland

    So sad to hear this so many fun memory’s with Carl and the family. Carl was always so welcoming when we first came to Pepin! Rest In Peace Carl and comfort to the family.

  12. Richard & Del Bignell

    So sorry to hear of Carls passing, my heart felt sympathy to all.
    I worked with him at Meyer Industries, and chatted with him a few times while in Pepin, after his retirement. Healing prayers to all family.

  13. Cindy Breitung Gwinn

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. I didn’t know Rich well but graduated from high school with Joanne.

  14. Patti Gould

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Remember the great memories and lean on your family and friends. Sincerely,
    Patti & Rick Gould

  15. Sharon Jahnke Seiford

    My sympathies to you & all your family.

  16. Mary and Bob Langhans

    So very for your loss. He sounds like an amazing man!

  17. Terri Annderson

    My most heartfelt sympathy to the whole Gronquist family. You are on my mind, in my heart, and in my prayers. May the memories of your beloved give you peace during this incredibly difficult time. Hugs to you all, Terri Anderson

  18. Freda Anderson

    So sorry for your loss, sending prayers to you and your family.

  19. Susan Dailey

    My thoughts and many prayers are with you.

  20. Heidi Baader

    Deepest sympathy to your family.

  21. Ron. Ridgeway

    Sorry for your loss prayers to your family

  22. Dick and Jene Laehn

    So sorry for your loss! Prayers of sympathy for your family????????????????

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