Blue Earth Bruce Grev, age 67, of Blue Earth, formerly of Odin, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral Services were held April 12, 2013, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Odin. The Rev. Carla Reierson officiated. Burial was in St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery, Odin. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.
Bruce was born Oct. 10, 1945, in Mountain Lake, the son of Knute Melvin and Ethel Carrie (Clipperton) Grev. He was raised in rural Odin where he attended district 71 schools. He was a 1963 graduate of Butterfield High School and a 1965 graduate of Dunwoody Institute. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. He moved to Blue Earth in 1968 and was later married to Katie Yahnke on Dec. 5, 1969, in Crooks, S.D. Bruce was an auto mechanic for Hi-Way Ford in Blue Earth and had worked for the Everett Wessels Farm operations. He retired from the Blue Earth/Frost Elevator in 2008. Bruce was a lifetime member of the Butterfield VFW post 9607, Blue Earth American Legion Post 89 and was a charter member of the Aerie 4486 Eagles Club in Blue Earth. He was a longtime leader of the local Veterans Honor Guard and was a frequent worker at the Legion Chicken Feeds in Blue Earth. He enjoyed coffee with the gang at Country Kitchen, socializing with friends later at the Legion Club and trying his luck at any casino that he could find.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Katie Grev, of Blue Earth; his daughters, Debra Rigdon, of Minnesota City, and Kristin Grev-Blowers, of Blue Earth; son, Chad (Rebecca) Grev, of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren, Alana and David Schoonover, Brodi and Olivia Blowers, and Jody Grev. Also surviving are his siblings: Donna Wise, of Prior Lake, Dennis (Elaine) Grev, of Columbia, Mo., Leslie (Pearl) Grev, of Ormsby, Julian Grev, of Aitkin, Kathryn Carlblom, of League City, Texas, Frances Valley, of Port Orchard, Wash., Conrad (Kathryn) Grev, of Maple Grove, and Lowell (Ann) Grev, of Oakland, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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