Funeral services for Philip C. Gronewold, 90, Lewisville, MN will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church, Lewisville with Rev. Brian Thorson officiating. Military honors at the church will be with the American Legion Post 561, Lewisville. Interment with full military honors will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN. Philip died on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, TX. Visitation will be held Friday, December 11, 2015 from 5-7:00 pm at Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service of Truman and for one hour before the services in the church.
Philip Charles Gronewold was born on October 12, 1925 in Madelia, MN to George and Cora (Halvorson) Gronewold. He was baptized at a rural Linden church in 1929 and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Lewisville in 1939. Philip attended schools at Lewisville Dist. 55 and graduated from Madelia High School. Phil then attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis for Electrical training. He served in WWII in the US Army Air Corp in Panama. On September 11, 1949 Philip was united in marriage to Amelia Mae Eads in Alvon, West Virginia. Philip farmed his entire life in the Lewisville area until retiring in 1988. Philip was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lewisville, a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1648 in New Ulm, a member of the American Legion Post 561, Lewisville and the US Air Force Sgt. Association. In 1953, he built his own amateur radio station. Philip went moose and bear hunting in Alaska in 1984 and salmon and halibut fishing in 1990. Philip and Amelia spent their winters in San Juan, TX.
Philip is survived by his wife of 67 years, Amelia of Lewisville; two daughters, Jeanne (Bevan) Burroughs, Pflugerville, TX, Wendy Gjerde, Lafayette, MN; two sons, Kerry (Linda) Gronewold, Fairbanks, AK, Larry (Peggy) Gronewold, Altavista, VA ; one daughter-in-law, Anna Gronewold, Lake Crystal, MN; 18 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one sister, Kay (Richard) Gillespie, Madelia, MN; one brother, Gerald Gronewold, Lewisville, MN; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Chet; five grandchildren and one brother.