Leland "Harold" Grosz, 77, Garrison passed away on Dec. 26, 2013, at Garrison Memorial Hospital, from complications from a heart attack. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garrison. Burial will be at the Garrison City Cemetery.
Public viewing will be held today, Dec. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison. The family will receive friends today, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home.
Leland was born June 30, 1936, to Alfred and Hilda (Schell) Grosz, in McLean County. He was raised near Turtle Lake and attended country school until the eighth grade when his father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 42 and Leland took over the family farm 11 miles north of Turtle Lake.
Leland married Juanita Engel on Oct. 12, 1956. Leland and Juanita farmed near Turtle Lake until 1968, when they relocated to Garrison due to Leland's leg and related health problems.
While in Garrison Leland started a small engine repair shop, working on snowmobiles and lawn mowers out of his home and hauling tractors. In 1975 Leland started building his legacy, Grosz Wrecking, which grew to 50 acres of "merchandise" inventoried in his head until the very end. His passion was building this business. He was a lifetime member of the Makoti Threshers Association and St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Leland was an extremely hard worker and social person. He often surprised people with his quick wit, sense of humor and boisterous laugh. In November 1980, Leland lost his leg to bone cancer, but never let that slow him down or define who he was. Despite his many health problems, he never complained and always said, "It will get better." Leland entered the Garrison Memorial Hospital swingbed unit in October 2011, after suffering his second stroke.
Leland is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Juanita; three children, Janell (Willie) Ziemann, of Washburn; Brenda (Alton) Krebsbach, of Washburn; and Melanie (Justin) Young, of Billings, Mont.; four grandchildren: Jason (Tyson) Ziemann, Nick (Gail) Krebsbach, Jenny (Steve) Peppel and Holly (Dominic) Tognarelli; and seven great-grandchildren. Leland is also survived by his brothers, Gary (Bony) Grosz and Al (Laura) Grosz; and sisters, Luella (Frank) Philbrick and Alvina (Wilbert) Fueller; stepbrother, Jerry (Ann) Bucholz; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Mark Grosz; and his parents, Alfred Grosz and Hilda Grosz Bucholz.
Leland gave his family their last Christmas gift from him this year, the gift of his family being together to surround him in his final days. His passing leaves a hole in the lives of so many family and friends, both far and near. His family will most remember the following statements:
"How many people got killed in that wreck?"
"Let's do something, even if it's wrong."
"I can get more done by accident than most people get done on purpose."
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