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Lyle Ivan Grothe

December 26, 1929 — September 9, 2022

Lyle Ivan Grothe

Lyle Grothe, 92 of Chanhassen, lifelong resident of the Madison Lake area, passed away on September 9, 2022.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am, Friday, September 16, 2022 at All Saints Catholic Church, Madison Lake with Father Robert Schneider officiating followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary (2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003) and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Lyle was born December 26, 1929, in Bottineau, ND to Leland and Irene (Berge) Grothe. He moved to Minnesota with his parents in 1930 and settled in the Janesville area. He graduated from Janesville High School in 1947 and farmed with his father until 1951 when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served for 4 years as an airborne radio-operator on B-29’s in the Korean War, B-50’s and C-124’s stateside. He was honorably discharged in 1955 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

On July 30, 1960, Lyle was united in marriage to the love of his life, Lucille Fasnacht, in Madison Lake. Lyle worked for Mankato Tile and Terrazzo for 9 years before going to work for Standard Oil Co. as a commissioned agent from 1969-1976. In January 1976, Lyle purchased the facilities from Standard Oil Co. and operated the facility as Grothe Oil Co. until 1991, when he semi-retired. He was a Madison Lake councilman for 6 years, volunteer fireman for 22 years, as well as a member of Madison Lake Legion Post #269 since 1955 and held most offices of the Post including commander twice. He was a member of the St. Peter Knights of Columbus and held a variety of positions. Lyle was a life-long member of All Saints Catholic Church, where he was an usher for 25 years. He enjoyed reading, walking, golfing, fishing, bocce, travel, handyman projects, helping others and snacking on every one of Lucille’s wonderful desserts. He loved spending time with friends while at the cabin on Leech Lake in Walker, MN as well as with snowbird friends while escaping Minnesota winters to Bonita Springs, FL. Lyle’s greatest passion was following his grandchildren’s sporting activities and cheering at football, baseball, hockey, basketball, tennis and soccer games. 

Lyle is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lucille; son, Gregory (Julie) Grothe of Bowling Green, KY; daughter, Leslie (John) Cadle of Chanhassen, MN; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jordan) Gieselman, Julia and Jacob Grothe, Jonathan and Andrew Cadle; brother, Roger Grothe; and nieces and nephews. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Irene and Leland Grothe; sister, Twila Kamholz; brother, Orville Grothe; and many other beloved relatives and friends.

Memorials preferred to All Saints Catholic Church (Madison Lake) or Loyola High School (Mankato).

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Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, September 15, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Northview - North Mankato Mortuary

2060 Commerce Dr, North Mankato, MN 56003

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Visitation

Friday, September 16, 2022

9:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

All Saints Catholic Church

605 4th St, Madison Lake, MN 56063

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, September 16, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

All Saints Catholic Church

605 4th St, Madison Lake, MN 56063

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