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Dale George Grothusen (1918-2021)

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Dale George Grothusen, 101, originally of Ellsworth, died Dec. 7, 2020 in Salina.
He was born Dec. 17, 1918 on a farm in Ellsworth County to William and Christine (Strella) Grothusen. He was a farmer and stockman known for his sunny disposition, his warm sense of humor, his generosity to others, and his ability to build, redesign, or repair just about anything.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was a waist gunner and flight engineer on a B-17 bomber airplane, flying 51 missions in Europe.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy; his daughters, Marsha Drebelbis (James) and Ruth Obadal (Charles Hammonds); and son, William H.G. Brooks (Richard Black); and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Dale’s memorial service was delayed because of the pandemic. It will be at 11 a.m., Friday, July 23, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. Courtesy masks requested by the family. Military funeral rites will take place at Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery following the service. A reception and light refreshment will follow at the church. Service can be streamed at eh Ellsworth First Facebook page and can be viewed after the service at
Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 154, Ellsworth Kan. 67439.
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