Gruenhagen, Elton Edward 86

Funeral Service: 2 PM Thursday, January 7, 2021 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation: 4-8 PM Wednesday at Church 7 PM Prayer Service
Interment: Howard Lake Cemetery

Elton Edward Gruenhagen, 86, a farmer and life-long resident of Howard Lake was called to his eternal home on January 1, 2021. Elton was born on August 3rd, 1934 to Herb and Helen (Reinmuth) Gruenhagen. Elton was reborn through baptism also on August 3rd 1934. He confirmed his faith on April 10, 1949. Elton was a graduate of Howard Lake High School, class of 1953. Elton was united in marriage to Joyce Marquette on March 29, 1958 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. They shared 45 years together. Elton was a life long member of St. James Lutheran Church; he enjoyed a lifetime of dairy and crop farming with his wife, children and grandchildren. When Elton was not working he could be found watching sports, Billy’s (westerns) and Family Feud. Elton will be remembered for his faith, strong work ethic and witty personality. He was fond of traveling, especially with his wife Joyce.

Elton is survived by his children: Craig (Debra) Gruenhagen of Howard Lake, Cheryl (Bill) Morris of Saginaw, Michigan, and Brian (Rena) Gruenhagen of Howard Lake. He is also survived by grand children who meant the world to him: Nathan (Heidi) Gruenhagen, Amanda (Mark) Meddaugh, Ryan (Sara) Gruenhagen, Jessica (Jordan) Moberg, Daniel Morris, Tyler (Ashlee) Gruenhagen and Gabrielle (Jake) Wurm. He is survived by his great grand children: Hailey and Blake Gruenhagen, Grace and Jake Meddaugh, Kayley, Ryley and Paisley Moberg, Adelynn Wurm and Blythe Walbon. Also surviving is Sister Erla Mae Jackson of Arizona.

Elton was preceded in death by his wife Joyce and son Wayne. He is also preceded in death by his sister Barbara and Brother Victor.