John Grothe, 82, of Plymouth entered into eternal life on Friday, October 16, 2015 at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center.

John was born June 24, 1933 in Wauwatosa. He was the son of the late John Rudolph and Goldie Grothe. On November 22, 1974 he was united in marriage to Betty Mertes in Plymouth. The couple was married for 40 years. John served from May 1953 to May 1955 in the U.S. Army.

He worked at Sartori Foods (formerly S&R) in the maintenance department for 29 years. He belonged to The Forty N Eight for 10 years, Sheboygan County Deputy Sheriffs for 41 years, Plymouth Fire Department for 35 years and American Legion Post #243 for 45 years.

In John’s spare time he enjoyed the men’s coffee group every Monday morning and his Tuesday afternoon moped gang.

He is survived by wife Betty; two daughters: Donna (John) Jolley of La Crosse, Leslie (Matt) Sanzo of Sheboygan Falls; 6 grandchildren: Kyle, Katie, Spencer Jolley, Shawn Grothe, Matthew and Shylynn Sanzo; two brothers-in-law: Jim Mertes of Sheboygan (friend Betty) and Bob (Pat) Mertes of Plymouth; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his special dog Red, parents, mother and father in law, son, sister and brother in law.

Visitation will be held at Salem United Church of Christ, 217 Salem Drive in Plymouth, Saturday, October 24th from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Funeral service will be held 11a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. James Hoppert officiating. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Plymouth at 1:45 p.m. with military honors by American Legion Post #243 of Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in John’s name.

Online condolences may be expressed at

A special thank you to Aurora at Home Care for all their help.

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