Carl Alfred Grasswick, Jr., 92Published 9:21am Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Updated 11:23am Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Carl was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Valley City, N.D., to Carl A. and Bessie M. (Marsh) Grasswick. He graduated from Valley City High School in 1940, and, with his two brothers, enlisted in the Army Air Corps. They were stationed in England with the 8th Army Air Corps, 5th Depot Repair Squadron during World War II.
Carl received the American Defense Ribbon on Aug. 17, 1943, and the Good Conduct Medal on May 4, 1944. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 18, 1945.
On Oct. 12, 1948, Carl married Theresa Sherman in Fingal, N.D. They lived in rural Breckenridge, rural Henning, and rural Deer Creek, and had eight children: Elaine, Carol, Jean, Joan, Tammy, Tom, Jenny and Jim.
Carl worked for the Rural Electrical Association, and worked as a custom combiner, welder and a millwright. He worked on the Alaska pipeline and farmed.
He enjoyed gardening, raising strawberries, planting trees, rock collecting, gold prospecting, reading, visiting friends and traveling. He was his brother’s keeper in their time of need.
Carl was a licensed pilot, and a member of VFW Post 3922 and the Gold Prospectors’ Association.
Carl is survived by his wife, Theresa and his eight children, Elaine Byman, Wadena; Carol (Terry) Becker, Casper, Wyoming; Jean (Tony) Edmondson, Ariz.; Joan (Tom) Gedde, Battle Lake; Tammy, St. Cloud; Tom (Jeannie), Deer Creek; Jenny Grasswick (Tony Froelich), Champlin; Jim, Deer Creek; and 16 grandchildren, Raymond, Courtney, Beau, Tayler, Lucas, Abbey, Lacey, Charis, Brittney, Katie, Andria, Cody, Autumn, Brooke, Morgan and Hope; and 15 great-grandchildren, Oakley, Bryant, Emma, Andrew, Brendan, Thomas, Maddelyn, Kenley, Ella, William, Justus, Maximus, Charlotte, Hallie and Rylee.
Carl was greatly loved and will be missed by all.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service and one hour following the service
Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Friday, at Belmont Funeral Home, Henning
Burial: Sunday in Fairview Cemetery, Sanborn, N.D. Funeral Home: Belmont Funeral Home, Henning