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Arlow W. Grabau

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Arlow W. Grabau, age 93, of Spring Valley, formerly of Wykoff, died Monday afternoon, April 9, 2012.

Arlow was born July 19, 1918, in Forestville Township, Fillmore Co., Minn., the son of Adolph and Anna (Groth) Grabau. He attended country school and farmed with his family until serving with the US Army from March 17, 1941 until October 21, 1945, during WW II in the European Theatre. He married Betty Lou Bender September 30, 1950, in Spring Valley. The couple made their home on a farm in Forestville Township until they retired in 2004 and moved into Spring Valley. Betty died January 5, 2011.

Arlow was a member of the Spring Valley and Wykoff American Legions, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley and served on the Forestville Township Board from 1966 – 1996. He was a former member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and his family.

He is survived by two daughters, Sally Grabau of Austin and Teresa (James) Heimsness of Oronoco; three grandchildren, Molly Grabau, Kalli Heimsness and Tyler Heimsness; four brothers, Elmer Grabau of Spring Valley, Raymond (Mildred) Grabau of Wykoff, Curtis Grabau of Rochester and Lyndon “Butch” (Helen) Grabau of Austin; one sister, Eunice Thompson of Spring Valley; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; four brothers, Elden, Gerhardt “Slim”, Reuben and Gerald; and one sister, Bernice Scheevel.

The funeral was Friday, April 13, 2012, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with the Rev.’s Dennis Timmerman and Laura Fladten co-officiating. Burial with military graveside rites was in the church cemetery.

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