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Richard Groven

Richard Groven, 73, of Shevlin, MN and formerly of Northwood, ND, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. A funeral service will be held Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Debs, MN. A funeral service will be held Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northwood. A visitation will be held an hour before both services.

Richard Groven was born July 5, 1944 in Northwood, ND to Orville and Joyce Groven. He lived in Grand Forks, ND and graduated from Central High School in 1962. Richard attended UND, worked for Great Northern Railroad, and worked for Boeing on the Minute Man Missile Project in Montana. Richard married Sharon Skavlem in 1966, making their home west of Northwood. Sharon passed away in 2002. Richard farmed from 1969 - 2010. He married Mary Ann Shetterly in 2009.

Richard was actively involved in agricultural and community organizations, including the North Dakota Barley Council, the National Barley Growers Association, the Soil Conservation District, Northern Crops Council, Church Council at NELC and the Township Board. Richard traveled to Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia, much of South America and Washington D.C. promoting U.S. barley and other crops as a farming advocate.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; children: Kristin (Ryan) Mitchell, Kevin (Melissa) Groven, Keith (Casie) Groven; grandchildren: Emma, Jake (Mitchell), Lily, Gunnar, Nora, Brigit, Addilyn, Jenna; step-children: Steven (Dawn), Mark (Jessica), Aaron (Kiley) Lagergren; step-grandchildren: Nora, Holly, Anna, Mae, Teagen, Hayden and Kaplan Lagergren; brother, James (Carol) Groven, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Orville and Joyce Groven; wife, Sharon; and brother, Orville Jr.

Funeral Service

Thursday, September 14, 2017
1:00 PM

Trinity Lutheran Church
County Road 5
Debs, MN

Funeral Service

Friday, September 15, 2017
10:00 AM

Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church
307 Second Ave
Northwood, ND 58267

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I want to extend my condolences to Richard's family. May your warm memories of him be a source of comfort for you. Prayer to God for comfort will also help you to endure the loss of Richard. Psalm 62:8

Bessie Sep 22 2017 12:00 AM

The Geatz family from the old Letnes and Sunset Dr. neighborhood send our sympathy to your family on Richard's passing. The memories will continue to honor him. Tom & Mary Geatz

Tom Geatz Sep 13 2017 12:00 AM

MaryAnn; Just read about Richard's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers in the days to come. May the wonderful memories you have bring you peace and comfort.

Susan Wynne Sep 11 2017 12:00 AM