Obit: Grottke, Darrell Ernest (1931 - 1955)

Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Grottke, Smith, Jondek, Cummisford, Gloff 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) July 14, 1955 

Grottke, Darrell Ernest (22 September 1931 - 8 July 1955) 

Word was received in Neillsville late Friday afternoon of the death of Darrell Earnest Grottke, age 23, of Milwaukee.  He died at South View Hospital at Milwaukee where he was taken after becoming ill with bulbar polio. 

Funeral services were being held Tuesday in Milwaukee, with burial taking place there. 

Darrell was born September 22, 1931, at Neillsville.  Many will remember him as a young boy when his parents operated the Neillsville Dairy. He as a veteran of the Korean war and was employed as a painter in Milwaukee.  His marriage to Darlene Smith took place December 31, 1954, at Milwaukee.  He became ill last week while working on new home the family was building. 

He is survived by his wife, his father, Walter Grottke of Neillsville, his mother, Mrs. Joe Jondek of Milwaukee; a foster son, Gregory; a sister, Mrs. Thomas (Gloria) Cummisford, and a half sister, Vicky Sue. 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Grottke of Neillsville and Mrs. Fala Gloff and daughter of Marshfield attended funeral services. 

Mr. Grottke’s son, Gregory, was taken Friday to the hospital suffering with measles and polio.  No word of his condition has been received. 



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