John F. Grupp, age 74, of Rochester, MN died Sunday, January 7, 2018.
John was born in Mason City, Iowa on November 27, 1943 to Jack and Doris (Midge) Grupp, both deceased. He graduated from Mason City High School with the class of 1963. He attended Mason City Junior College (NIACC) prior to serving four years of active duty in the US Army being honorably discharged in 1968.
John attended Area XV Community College where he earned a certificate in data processing which began a 39 year career in IT working for and contracting with many household name companies, capping his career in 2009 with his retirement from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
John was a member of Calvary Evangelical Free Church and the American Legion Wm. T. McCoy Post #92.
Surviving John are Donna Stanger, a long time special friend of Rochester, MN; two daughters, Brenda Grupp of Tampa, FL and Stacey (Michael) Shoemaker; grandsons, James Shoemaker and Samuel Shoemaker of Cincinnati, OH; one granddaughter Eliana Shoemaker of Cincinnati, OH; two sisters, Linda Grupp of San Diego, CA and Judy McArthur of Altamonte Springs, FL; two nephews Troy (Krista) McArthur and Sean (Channing) McArthur; Donna's son Doyle (Michelle) Stanger and their children Cody Stanger and Christina (Manasseh) Kambaki; and extended family. He is also survived by his beloved pet companion, Sophie.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Mayo Gonda 10 and to Doctor Hobday and Rachael. Special thanks also to Mayo Hospice for their care and compassion.
A visitation will be held at Ranfranz and Vine in Rochester on Friday, January 12th from 5-7pm. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 13th at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 5500 - 25th Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery-Preston on January 16, 2018.
To leave a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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I worked with John for a long time in Cedar Rapids Iowa. My best description of John is that John was ALWAYS a gentlemen. Good friend and co-worker, he went to Rochester back in the early to mid 90's. Several times he came back down here just to visit, he always came in the winter. He was a great co-worker always honest, to hear him say some thing negatively about a person was very, very seldom. I have keep in contact with John by phone all these years, to say I have seen John in person in the last few years is not true. I was always going to up spent some time with him. John was a great friend, now he is home with the LORD. John THANK YOU for your friendship.
To my dear cousins Judy and Linda, and to all of John's loved ones, I offer condolences on behalf of his cousins Margy, Bill, Becky, and Eric. Being younger, we never got to know John (our "Jackie") as well as we would have liked. And the Grupp family has spread far and wide, so gatherings haven't happened as often as we wished. But we will always harbor fond memories of John as we last knew him, as shown in the attached family reunion photo. A quiet, friendly man who will be missed!
With affection, Eric (Rick) Grupp
John poses (front row at left) with the extended Grupp family in Mason City, Iowa in late spring of, possibly, 1987.
We will miss John in our in our group, when we get together,he was a great man.
We were shocked and saddened to read about our cousin, John's (we knew him as Jackie) death. We had many wonderful times with him and his sisters while we were all growing up in Mason City, Iowa. We want to express our condolences to his family and know he will be missed by his loved ones. Love from Joan Ortlieb and Sally (and Jerry) Tatum.
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