Victor Norman Gronvold, the son of Torger T. and Gertrude (Hagen) Gronvold, was born in the rural Barton farm home of his parents on Oct. 5, 1919. He died at the age of 92 on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.
Victor was raised on the family farm of his parents and received his education in the Barton School, graduating there in 1938. He completed his education at North Dakota State College of Science where he studied to be an electrician. On Nov. 4, 1940, Victor enlisted into the Army, Company D of the 164th Infantry, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theaters during World War II, participating in the battle campaigns of Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. Being wounded in those campaigns, Victor was honorably discharged on Jan. 19. 1944. On April 5, 2009, he was recognized, honored and bestowed the Purple Heart for those wounds.
Nov. 7, 1945, was a happy day for Victor when he was united in marriage to his sweetheart, Theresa Mattern, at Missoula, Mont. Following their marriage, the couple made their home on the Gronvold family farm near Barton, where they farmed, ranched and raised their family. Victor remained farming along with his sons, Archie and Bruce, until retiring into Rugby in the fall of 1995. A farmer seems to never be able to fully retire, and Victor was no exception to that, as he continued to help his boys on their farms for several years.
Victor was a lifetime member of the Barton Lutheran Church, where he had served on the church council in several capacities over the years, and had served on the Barton School Board in the past. Victor also enjoyed membership in the Clarence Larson American Legion Post # 23 of Rugby and the Barton Sportsman Club. He greatly enjoyed fishing, spending time at his cabin at Lake Metigoshe, fishing trips to Canada and was his children's, grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's greatest sports fan, hardly ever missing one of their events.
Survivors include: his wife of 66 years, Theresa; his children, Sheila (Gil) Harper, of Rugby, Archie (Fern), of Barton, Bruce (Lori), of Barton, and Bonnie Voeller, of West Fargo; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Fosness) Gronvold, of Butte, Mont., and Myrtle Mattern, of Rugby; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one son, Thomas; one granddaughter, Danielle Voeller; brothers, Thor, Phillip, Randolph, David and Joseph; sisters, Nora Gilmore, Selma Olson, Mathilda, Torgine, Rebeckka Gronvold and two sisters named Geneva Gronvold, one having died in early infancy; a son-in-law, John F. Voeller; his stepfather, Ellef Medalen; and his parents.
Funeral Services: Will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m., in the Barton Lutheran Church in Barton, with Pastors Mike Pretzer and Sharon Baker officiating.
Burial with full military honors: Will be accorded by the Clarence Larson American Legion Post #23, Honor and Color Guard of Rugby and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Detail, in the East Barton Cemetery.
Visitation: Will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Sept. 4, with a time for prayer and sharing of memories beginning at 7 p.m., in the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the time of services at the church on Wednesday.
(Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby)