SHANNON – Armin R. Groezinger, 78, of Shannon passed away with his family by his side on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, following a short battle with cancer.
Armin, the son of Arthur and Louise (Miller) Groezinger, was born June 25, 1940, in Freeport. Armin married Joyce Helms on March 12, 1965; she passed away in 1995. He married Sandra Horstmeier on Feb. 14, 1997, and he spent 21 of his golden years with her.
Armin was baptized and faithfully attended St. John Lutheran Church in Massbach. Later in life, he became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lanark, and was active there until his death.
Armin attended Mt. Hope and Massbach schools, and graduated in 1958 from Stockton High School. After high school, he attended UW-Platteville, was drafted into the Army, and honorably discharged. He received his associate’s degree in 1985 from Highland Community College.
Growing up on the family farm, Poverty Acres, in Massbach, he decided Massbach was the place to raise his own family. He acquired the Massbach Cheese Factory and renovated it from a town gathering hall to a home in which his kids were raised. His family has great stories to tell of living in the country.
Armin held several jobs in his lifetime, including Boyle Dairy Equipment, Atwoods Automotive, Leslie-Locke, E.S. Lieb Excavating, Martin Marietta, and finally, retiring from Woods Equipment Company as a maintenance supervisor.
Not only did Armin provide for his family, he also farmed with his dad and rented several pieces of farm ground. Known for his ambition, desire to provide for his family, and strong work ethic, he purchased the first round baler in the area, and had a custom baling business.
In addition, he remodeled homes for friends and neighbors. Armin had a talent to be able to build and fix just about everything, and has passed his handyman and craftsmanship skills down to his son. He built his family a summer home at Lake Carroll in the early ‘80s where weekends were spent with family and friends.
After retirement, he became an avid John Deere collector, and spent many days at his shed, working on restoring his tractors, and taking the time to spend with anyone that dropped in to talk. He also enjoyed going to farm auctions and looking for the parts he needed to fix his tractors.
Armin wasn’t happy if he wasn’t working, so during his retirement years, he spent his falls chisel plowing for Schoeny Farms, and his winters plowing snow for Cherry Grove and Shannon townships. In the summers, he had a lawn mowing business in Shannon and Lake Carroll.
Most of all, he loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed helping his son in his construction business. He had amazing relationships with all of his grandkids. He taught them how to drive tractors, and play euchre. He became a high school sports fan, and loved watching his grandkids compete. He never missed their FFA banquets, theater and speech performances, concerts, spelling bees, and sporting events.
Armin is survived by his wife, Sandra; son, Daryl (Pennie) Groezinger of Stockton; daughters, Amy (Doug) Lieb of Pearl City and DeAnne (Blake) Voss of Pearl City; stepsons, Ray (Sharon) Horstmeier of Brodhead, Wisconsin, and Chad Horstmeier, Conway, Arkansas; grandchildren, Drew of Stockton, and Clayton, Zachariah, Jacob, Lincoln, Lucy, and Hudson of Pearl City; stepgrandsons, Noah Horstmeier of Machesney Park, Tyler (Kerrie) Brugger of Monroe, Wisconsin, and Ryan (Marci) Brugger of Albany, Wisconsin; step-great-grandchildren, Aubree, Kelsee, Brynlee, Morgan and Grant; and brother, Marlo Groezinger of Freeport.
He was preceded in death by his mother; father; wife, Joyce; and sister, Donna.
At Armin’s request, a private family service will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lanark. Interment will be at Stockton Ladies Union Cemetery. A celebration of Armin’s Life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at Armin’s Shed, a quarter-mile south of the Shannon Casey’s. Please join us for lunch and to share memories with Armin’s family.
A memorial fund has been established.
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