Henry "Hinnie" Groetken, 80, of Le Mars and formerly of Sioux City, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at The Abbey of Le Mars, following a lengthy illness.
Henry was born Jan. 21, 1924, on the family farm in Elgin Township, Plymouth County, the son of Henry F. and Mayme (Franklin) Groetken. He was raised on the family farm north of Le Mars in the Struble vicinity. He attended rural school for four years and then attended Le Mars Central School. Henry enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1943 and was stationed aboard the S.S. Randall, a troop transport ship. Following his honorable discharge in May 1946, Hinnie returned to the Le Mars area and drove truck for Phil Groetken Trucking for a few years. Later he was employed as a federal meat inspector for many years. Most recently he had been employed aboard the Argosy Belle of Sioux City. The last year Hinnie had lived in Le Mars.
His memberships include St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars and he had been a longtime member of the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City where he had served as a Saturday evening Mass usher for many years. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Years ago, Hinnie was one of the active organizers of the Avenue of Flags in Le Mars.
In his younger years, Hinnie enjoyed competing in midget auto races. He was also a pilot and enjoyed flying and was an avid Corvette fan and had been a member and a past president of the Sioux City Corvette Club.
Survivors include a son, Henry D. "Butch" Groetken and his wife, Patricia, of Springfield, Mo.; a daughter, Judy Schneider and her husband, Sherman, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Groetken and his wife, Marilyn of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Rose Mary Deegan of Maurice, Edna Groetken of Sioux City, and Mary Alice Wylie and her husband, Fred of Milwaukee, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Phil Groetken, Sr.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. William McCarthy as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Military honors will be conducted at the gravesite by the American Legion, Wasmer Post #241.
Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. Thursday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. A Scriptural wake service will be a held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.