July 28, 2017


Funeral for 52-year-old Joseph Grothe of Westside, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29, at United Church in Westside with burial at the Westside Cemetery in Westside.

Friends may call  from 4-7 p.m. Friday at United Church in Westside. Huebner Funeral Home in Denison is in charge of arrangements.      

Joseph Charles Grothe was born Sept. 9, 1964, at Iowa Falls, Iowa, a son of James and Josephine Fank Grothe. He passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa.

Joe received his education at the Iowa Falls, Iowa, schools and was a 1983 graduate of Iowa Falls High School. He married Sherri Wilken at United Church in Westside Aug. 28, 1993, and they were blessed with the birth of three children: Jon, Nick and Katie. He was employed as Westside’s town man when he relocated to Westside in 1990 and later was employed by Connie Schoessler at C&D Electric in Westside from 1993 to 1999. Joe was currently employed as manager of FAC Lumber in Arcadia.

Fixing things was his specialty, and his homestead reflected that as it had to be cleaned and fixed up. Having met his future wife at a horse sale, Sherri, owned the horse that needed breaking and Joe broke the horse so the relationship began. He enjoyed horses and riding them, currently owning nine horses but previously owned as many as 38.  

They would go on trail rides with a group of other trail rider friends and traveled to equestrian parks in Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri and Arkansas. Joe enjoyed grilling and entertaining family and friends especially on Sundays. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fixing tractors, camping, westerns, classics, “Bonanza,” John Wayne, Chaparral and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife, Sherri Grothe of Westside, Iowa; three children: Jon Grothe, Nick Grothe and Katie Grothe, all of Westside; two grandchildren, Michelle and Blake; his extended children; Jeremy Fank, Chris Sliefert and Brooke Norgart; his parents, James and Josephine Grothe of Iowa Falls, Iowa; four sisters: Margaret Grothe of Carroll, Iowa; Janice Hanson and her husband, Gary; and  Rebecca Bauer and her husband, David, all of Hastings, Minnesota; and Sarah Knowles and her husband, Jodie, of Mason City, Iowa; parents-in-law, Merle and Judy Wilken; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Marty Wilken and his wife, Cary; Mike Wilken and his wife, Laura; Matt Wilken and his wife, Janice; Lori Oeser and her husband, Greg, all of Westside, Iowa; and Joni Wilken of Tustin, California; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by a brother.