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Harland Grones

Harland Grones

Sept. 13, 1916-March 15, 2013

Harland B. Grones, 96, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, March 15, 2013 at his home.

A mass of Christian burial was set for 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Friends may call for one hour prior to the start of mass.

Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Harland Bernard Grones was born to John B. and Elizabeth L. (Hoehn) Grones on September 13, 1916 in Minneapolis. He was raised and educated in Minneapolis and worked as a laboratory machinist for the University of Minnesota during his working career.

Harland was united in marriage to Vera Arboe, October 7, 1939 in Minneapolis. He retired in 1980 and they moved to Detroit Lakes that same year. Vera died in 2011.

Harland and Vera loved to travel. It is estimated that they traveled over 450,000 miles on their various vacations. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and tinkering in his shop.

Survivors include a son, Jim and his wife Joyce of Detroit Lakes; three grandsons, Joe Grones and his wife Becky of Richwood, John Grones of Tamarack, Minn., and Jeff Grones of Prescott, Wis.; 10 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; a brother: LeRoy of St. Cloud; and three sisters, Rose Gifford of New Hope, Minn., Virginia Nelson and Betty Weinmayer, both of Minneapolis.

In addition to his wife Vera, Harland was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at