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Arthur Groth

Arthur L. "Art" Groth, 85, of Ogema, died Monday, July 26, 2010 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.

Nov. 19, 1924-July 26, 2010

Arthur L. "Art" Groth, 85, of Ogema, died Monday, July 26, 2010 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.

Art Groth was born to Arthur and Alice (Somdahl) Groth on November 19, 1924 in Ogema. He grew up and attended country school in rural Ogema, later graduating from Waubun High School. He worked on the family farm for many years before working on a custom combine crew that harvested grain throughout the Midwest. He also did combine work in Washington State, and California.

When he wasn't combining, Art drove other farm equipment -- plowing, seeding, working with irrigation and various other tasks. He moved back to the family farm in 1966. On October 25, 1969 he was united in marriage to Eileen Jirava. Art continued farming and raising cattle on that farm for the next 40 plus years.

Art loved to read and tell stories about his life experiences. He liked to visit with people and was genuinely interested in what they had to say. Most of all he loved the time spent with his family.

Surviving Art are his wife, Eileen; two daughters, Melanie (Soren) West of Callaway and Melissa (Matt) Lanoue of Waubun; three sons, Steven (Kimberly) Stocks of Princeton, Calif., Erik Groth of Ogema and Ryan (Karen) Groth, also of Ogema; 18 grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Harrington of Hackensack, Minn., and Patty (Jack) Wingerter of Selah, Wash.; one brother, George (Charlotte) Groth of Spokane, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Carsten and John Groth.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 30, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31 at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Interment will be at the Ogema Cemetery in Ogema.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, provided arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the messages of sympathy section at