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Roger Gronos

Roger Gronos, age 80, of New Rockford, ND, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012, at his home under the care of his family and Presentation Hospice of Carrington, ND.

Roger Douglas Gronos was born December 22, 1931, in Rugby, ND, to George and Esther (Hittle) Gronos. He graduated from Wolford High School in 1949, and then went to work in the oil fields near Tioga, ND. He was drafted into the Army in 1953, and served in Korea. On June 28, 1955, he was united in marriage to Althea Fletschock at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cando, ND.

He began his career in the oil business in 1955, at the Farmer’s Union in Rugby. After joining the Standard Oil Company in 1957, the family moved to Mylo, ND. He transferred to New Rockford in 1971, when he purchased the business that became known as Gronos Oil Company. Roger continued his bulk oil company until 1984 when he retired. Following his retirement, he held several jobs including rural mail carrier and crop adjuster.

Roger served as a volunteer for the ambulance and fire department. He was a member of the New Rockford Eagles, VFW and American Legion. He served on the St. John’s Parish Council and was actively involved in the church. Roger was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids; especially rocking and singing to the babies.


Roger is survived by his wife of 56 years, Althea; 4 children, Valerie (Marlin) Weisenburger, Bruce (Gwyn Johnson) Gronos, Lisa (Jake) Engels, and Allison (Todd) Haley, all of New Rockford; 10 grandchildren, Lucas (Terah) Weisenburger, Preston (Alicia) Weisenburger, Megan Weisenburger, Jacob (Jackie) Engels, Matthew Engels, Chelsey (Levi Weber) Engels, Mason Haley, Ethan Haley, Kaleb Haley, Hannah Haley;
3 great-grandchildren, Alex Weisenburger, Austin Weisenburger, Camebria Engels; 1 sister, Mildred (Delvin) Owen; 1 brother, Gary (Sandra) Gronos; 2 sisters-in-law, Ramona Gronos, Beverly Gronos; and many nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, George (Kenneth) Gronos and James Gronos.

Funeral Service: St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford

Date and Time: Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:30AM

Interment: ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 1:00PM

Posted Condolences:



Name: Paul & Christy Reimer (Klein)

Date: 2/23/12

Message: To all the family, We're so deeply sorry to hear of your loss.  No matter when it's always hard to loose a loved one.  May he be resting in peace in the comfort of his eternal home.  May God guide you all thru this dark time and surround in his loving arms.  We will keep you in our prayers in the days ahead,  Christy


Name: Curt Bonn

Date: 02/20/2012

Message: Althea, Valerie, Bruce, Lisa, and Allison

So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. We were at the state wrestling tournament all weekend and when visiting with dad last night I found of Roger's passing. So many memories of Roger when I was a kid. It's great to grow up in a small town like Mylo and have great people like Roger to influence you. A few weeks ago I was going through some of our family albums and found a picture of when Roger was my confirmation sponsor. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

Curt Bonn - Rolla


Name: Phyllis Johnson

Date: 2/19/2012

Message: Dear Gronos Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Roger. We were blessed to have your family in our lives while growing up in Mylo so many years ago. May the Lord give you confort in this most difficult time.


Name: Dick & Mona Johnston

Date: Feb. 18, 2012

Message: Dear Althea and Family,
We are truly sorry to hear of the passing of Roger. We remember with great fondness the wonderful times we had with you and Roger.
Our nephew, Mark Johnston, called us with the sad news. Our sympathy to you and your family.
Love, Dick and Mona


Name: Diane Holth-Jaeger

Date: Feb. 17th

Message: Althea and family, Just read the obit on Roger and was very shocked, didn't even know Roger was sick. I will miss seeing him at Steam Threshers every fall.
Diane Holth-Jaeger


Name: Janis Guss Kjera

Date: Feb. 17, 1012

Message: I know you may not know me, but just last week I thought of Jim & Roger & wondered if they were still around. i was going to see if Pat Gustafson would know. My father was Joe Guss, postmaster until I was 14, 1944. We didn't stay close after that. I wish I had kept in touch. i reallydid care about them. Love, Jan


Name: David Worrall

Date: 2-16-2012

Message: Dear Gronos Family,
I saw the notice today in the Minot paper that I have a link on my computer. I was very sorry to hear of Roger's passing, he was a very good person from what I remember growing up in Mylo. Your family helped us out alot and I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate what you did for us. I have lived in Denver since I was 18 and don't make it back very often. And talk about a small world, my dental hygenist is from New Rockford and said she was good friends with Lisa, just can't remember her name. I just wanted to touch base with your family to let you know we are thinking of you during this tough time. Feel free to contact me if you wish. Sincerely Dave and family(I have 3 daughters and 3 grandsons)


Name: Conni Dungan-Fugleberg

Date: Feb. 16, 2012

Message: Dear Althea,Val,Bruce,Lisa and Allison, I am so sorry for your loss. I definitely know what you are feeling right now. Let the Lord, family and friends help you through this trying time.


Name: Fred and Charlotte Miller

Date: 2-17-2012

Message: Our sincere sympathies to you Althea and your family.


Name: Mike and Glenda Deplazes

Date: 2-15-2012

Message: Althea and Family, We are sorry to learn of Roger's passing. We are out of state for a while, so won't see you; but, we are surely thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Your memories of the good times will far outlast these lonesome days to come. Our condolences to all of you.


Name: Sue Lodge

Date: 2/15/2012

Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Althea, and all your family.

Brad and Sue Lodge
Clarksville, IA


Name: Mitzi Ostenson Hager

Date: Feb. 15,2012

Message: Dear Althea,
I am so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. His name was always connected to Uncle Willy's(Stoll), and the stories that were told of the "Gronos" family. Always a laugh. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at his difficult time. Family means so much and it looks like Roger left a wonderful legacy. Gods Blessings to all.
Sincerely, Mitzi Hager


Name: Richard Reuer

Date: 2/15/12

Message: I wish to extend to you and to members of your family my deepest sympathy on your loss. May the Lord's loving promises comfort you and give you strength as you walk through this difficult time.
"Honoring Those Who Served - Ministry" Chaplain


Name: Weyburn & Mae Niewoehner

Date: 02-15-12

Message: Our condolences for your loss. Weyburn & Mae Niewoehner, formerly of Rolla


Name: Adrian & Pat Voeller

Date: 2/15/2012

Message: So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at ths difficult time. Remember the good times and Roger will live on forever.
Adrian and Pat


Name: Brad Fletschock

Date: 2-14-12

Message: Dear Althea, Valerie, Bruce, Lisa, and Allison,

Your father was always a proud man and proud of all of you. His greatest accomplishments in life was his family. He raised the bar for us all. I really appreciate the time he spent with me. He always had time to talk and listen. He was a tremendous family man and will be missed greatly.

Brad, Becky, Hunter and Halie


Name: Darlene & Duane Ziegler

Date: 2-14-12

Message: We're so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. We will miss visiting with him on our trips through New Rockford. Our sincere sympathies to Althea and the family.


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