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Dale George Grothusen

December 17, 1918 ~ December 7, 2020 (age 101)



  Dale George Grothusen, 101, originally of Ellsworth, died December 7, 2020 in Salina. He was born December 17, 1918 on a farm in Ellsworth County to William and Christine (Strella) Grothusen. He was a farmer and stockman known for his sunny disposition, his warm sense of humor, his generosity to others, and his ability to build, redesign, or repair just about anything. He served in the US Army Air Force during World War II. He was a waist gunner and flight engineer on a B-17 bomber airplane, flying 51 missions in Europe. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his daughters Marsha Drebelbis (James) and Ruth Obadal (Charles Hammonds) and son William H.G. Brooks (Richard Black), and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

  Dale’s memorial service was delayed because of the pandemic. It will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 23, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. Courtesy masks requested by the family. Military funeral rites will take place at Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery following the service. A reception and light refreshment will follow at the church. Service can be streamed at eh Ellsworth First Facebook page and can be viewed after the service at

  Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 154, Ellsworth KS 67439. 

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Funeral Service


Memorial Service
July 23, 2021

11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth
405 N. Lincoln
Ellsworth, KS 67439

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