Larry Gronewold

Larry Craig Gronewold

Monday, May 17th, 1954 - Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Larry Craig Gronewold, age 66, of Desoto, went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the Red Oak Health and Rehab Center. He was born on May 17, 1954 in Springfield, Illinois to Dale and Betty (Pokora) Gronewold. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Springfield Southeast High School.

When Larry was young, he had a growing interest in all sorts of machines. He started mowing grass for his Grandpa Pokora, who had a big yard at his store. Larry mowed that yard, and several other lots around the neighborhood.

Larry enjoyed music. His mother convinced him to take piano lessons. When he entered 5th grade, he took music in school. His piano lessons lead him to the drums in the school band. Eventually, his mother and father bought him a drum kit. Many nights after school, he would play the kit in the basement. He made the house rock!!

In the summers, Larry's brothers Dave and Gary played baseball with neighborhood kids. Their Dad and five other dads from the neighborhood decided to organize a league. They formed the East End Dad’s Club. They raised money to sponsor baseball teams for East End kids of Springfield. Then they built ball diamonds and maintained them. Larry liked working with the dads operating tractors to drag the ball diamonds, mow the grass, pick up trash, and anything else that needed to be done.

As he grew older his interest in machines meant the machines got bigger. He drove a Class 8 truck for a while. After that, he turned his interest to a semi-truck. Eventually, he found his way to the garbage business in Springfield. He ran a business for a businessman, located in Rock Island, IL. He ran around with Alan Bachman and Wayne Books. Those times together always ended up with something mechanical, a truck usually. Larry was a remarkably successful businessman; he was an operations manager for multiple companies over his career and became partner in his last two business endeavors.

In 1983, Larry moved to Houston, Texas and met the love of his life, Pamela Ellen Toffel. They raised their family in Texas, purchasing their first home in Ft. Worth. He became very involved in the kids athletics and loved attending games while assisting in coaching. Larry befriended every neighbor within two blocks and quickly established himself as the man everyone turned to for anything. If you needed a tool, he had hit, if you needed a helping hand, he was there, if you needed an ear, he would listen. He was the ultimate guy.

He enjoyed tinkering and fixing things, just like his dad. He loved grilling, cooking, and discovering new places to eat. On weekends you would find him in front of the smoker with a beer in hand, smoking brisket, ribs, and steaks. He liked to fish, hunt, and take drives in the country. Larry loved to be outside as much as possible, on a boat, on the beach, or just relaxing in his chair.

Larry loved to listen to classic rock, blues, and country music. He loved to watch a good cooking show, but his favorite show was Emeril. Larry was laid back and always optimistic. He was a kind, loving and generous man (he would give you the shirt off his back). Always put others first, he was caring and lighthearted. He always had a story to tell, and a smile and laugh to share. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Pamela; three children, Brooke Billings of Jacksonville, IL, Leah Gronewold of Houston, TX and Barry and Leigh Linden of Brenham, TX; four grandchildren, Brinley and Braydon Linden, Landon and Laeny Billings; brother, Gary and wife Jan of Morton, IL and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Betty Gronewold; brother, David Gronewold.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 3 to 5 P.M. at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Waxahachie.

Arrangements are under the direction of Boze Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home.

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    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel
    511 W. Main St.
    Waxahachie, Texas 75165
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Debbie Hamilton Sear

Posted at 03:04pm
Whenever I think of Larry, a smile comes to my face. He was my cousin, closest in age to me, and we hung out together at all the family holidays and events - or I just followed him around like a puppy dog. I thought he was just the funniest and most fun cousin a person could have. And he was always patient and kind and never let on that he had a twerpie little cousin following him everywhere. Even as we grew older and only saw each other sporadically, he was still a sweetheart to me. I will miss him. I will miss the mischievous twinkle in his eyes and those gorgeous dimples. My condolences go out to Pam and Larry's whole family. My heart is saddened.

Elizabeth Bruhl (Niece)

Posted at 08:07pm
I don't have any one sharable moment of my favorite Uncle. I remember momentS though. How long and strong his arms were when he reached over to hug you a great big welcome. I remember his Elvis Smile that made you want to smile as well. I remember him as a steady strong man who loved us so much. I remember his chuckle type laugh when we would get a rise out of him. I feel blessed to have had him in my life for as long as I did. This is the part where I join others and say something like, I wish we had gotten all together to see one another more often. Uncle Larry was a wonderful man and I will think of him fondly, always.

Nicki Willis

Posted at 01:20pm
Larry was a family man and a stand-up guy, qualities I admire a lot. He had a good sense of humor, always enjoyed him when we had family get-togethers. What happened to him was a terrible, uncontrollable thing. I'm so sorry for the loss to his immediate family and to our extended family, as well. I know my mom will be happy to see you, Larry. You left all of us too soon. Party with my mom, and give her my love.

Blessings to Pam, the kids and the rest of her family. Love you all.

Donna Buckley

Posted at 12:33pm
I remember Larry was trying to quit smoking. Maybe it was at my moms 75th birthday, which happened to be on the 24th of August. I noticed a nicotine patch on his arm and commented. Asked if it was working. He proceeded to show me 3 more patches in various places. He was bound and determined to quit. It tickles me till this day to think of all those patches. I liked him. He was unfiltered when I talked to him. I like people who say what they think. Pam will miss him, he was the love of her life. Maybe he went to heaven on the 24th to party with my mom.

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