Elmer Gronneberg was born on January 28, 1920 in rural Griggs County to Chris and Inga Gronneberg. He was baptized and confirmed at Eidfjord Lutheran Church. He lived on a farm by Sutton and and was a member of Mabel Lutheran Church until he moved to Cooperstown in 1962. At that time he became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Elmer attended grade school in Revere and Sutton until his Sr. Year at which time he was needed to help on the farm. In 1942, Elmer was drafted into the army and served overseas during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and came home to farm with his Dad.
Elmer also worked at the Sutton Elevator and met Gloris Olson at the hotel restaurant where she was working. They got married on July 22, 1947 in Zion Lutheran Church. They continued to live by Sutton and farmed. Even after moving to Cooperstown, he continued to farm until 2018 when he finally retired. He loved to go out in the country and watch the farming operations.
He was very proud of all the accomplishments that took place at the Griggs County Museum and the Sr. Center. He was actively involved with the church and loved to play pinochle and bowl.
Elmer was a life member of the VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed visits from his grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved that they always wanted rides on the tractor or combine.
Elmer is survived by a son, Eugene (Paulette) Gronneberg, and two daughters, Karen (Dennis) Brodina and Amy Person. Also 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild along with two step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren survive him. He also has one sister-in-law, Sylvia Gronneberg.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Gloris, his parents, Chris and Inga, and brothers, Arnold, Clarence, Clifford, Milford, and Arthur along with sisters-in-laws, Christine, Della, and Ruth. Also a son-in-law, Bob Person.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 6th from 12:00 to 1:00 followed by the Funeral Service at 1:00 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cooperstown, ND. Interment will be in the Cooperstown Cemetery, Cooperstown, ND.