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Jerry Lee Gronewold Sr.

March 8, 1948 December 7, 2017
Jerry Lee Gronewold Sr.
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Jerry Lee Gronewold Sr. aka Mahoney, Mohoney, Moe was born on March 8th, 1948 to Heye and Delaine Gronewold. He was born and raised and attended school in Worthington. On June 25th, 1983 he married Ardes (RD) Schei.
Mahoney was known for his hard work ethics. He worked various jobs from Anderson Alignment to Hawk Harvester and from there to TR Murphy Contracting, which later changed to Worthington Excavating and is now Duinnick Inc. Mahoney retired in the summer of 2017 after 30 years.
Most people in surrounding area knew Mahoney as the driver of the 58 racecar. From hobby stock to stock car and even a B Mod and sprint car. There wasn’t a car he couldn’t win with. He took great pride in his many years of racing and cars that he built with his own hands. He had many track championships, numerous feature wins, and was inducted in the Murray County Speedway Hall of Fame in 2011.
When you didn’t see him at a race track you could find him at the local coffee shop, or in his own shop with his long-time friend Elroy. Mahoney was also an avid pool player and deer hunter. And he also enjoyed a good game of golf. He was a generous man sharing his knowledge of race cars, lending a part to a fellow race car driver or fixing something for someone.
Anyone who knew Mahoney knew how much love he had for his family. His wife RD, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were his entire world. He loved spoiling them any chance he could get. He will forever be remembered for his amazing Christmas gifts, fun Vikings trips, and his homemade cookies and popcorn.
Mahoney passed away on December 7, 2017 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 69.
Mahoney is survived by his wife of 33 years RD. His children Jerry Lee Gronewold Jr. (Shelley), Las Vegas, NV, Shelby Gronewold, Marshall, MN, Darcie Johnson (Carl), Valley Springs, SD, Daniel Gronewold (Danielle), Fairmont, MN, Corey Gronewold (Kim), Worthington, MN. Grandchildren, Natosha, Tyrus, Jevin, Chelsey, Caitlyn, Cody, Olivia, Nathan, Vivian, Caine, Lidya, Julia, Matthew, Mackenzie. Three great-children Kiara, Ashton, and Eli. One sister Judy Smith (Ray), Garden City, KS, One brother Steve Gronewold (Vickie), Worthington, MN. In-laws Ruddy Schei (Carolyn) Elbow Lake, MN, Charlene Stokes (Al), Henderson, NV, Audrey Vortherms (Bill) Luverne, MN, Tony Schei (Barb), Worthington, MN. His God-Daughter Marandes Schultz, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Sharon Polzine, father-in-law and mother-in-law Clifford and Marvel Schei, brother-in-laws Daniel and Albert Schei, sister-in-law Susan Nelson, grandparents, longtime friend Maynard Lindsley and his favorite companion Sparky. Mahoney will be missed by his family and many friends.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Galen Smith officiating. Jerry’s Pit Crew will serve as casket bearers, Elroy Bennett, Tony Schei, Wayne Kumn, Randy Petersen, Larry Anderson, Larry Ober, Cody Ober and Ryan Moberg. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, MN and also Monday, December 11, 2017 from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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Visitation

Sunday

10

Dec

5:00 PM 12/10/2017 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/10/2017 7:00:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

230 Clary St
Worthington, MN 56187

Westminster Presbyterian Church
230 Clary St Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Visitation

Monday

11

Dec

10:00 AM 12/11/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/11/2017 11:00:00 AM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

230 Clary St
Worthington, MN 56187

Westminster Presbyterian Church
230 Clary St Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Monday

11

Dec

11:00 AM 12/11/2017 11:00:00 AM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

230 Clary St
Worthington, MN 56187

Westminster Presbyterian Church
230 Clary St Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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