A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, May 16, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Lindner officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Groskopp was born June 24, 1920, in Frederick in Polk County, a son of the late Raymond Charles and Esther M. (Nelson) Groskopp. He grew up on the family farm located in the town of Daniels and attended a one-room school there. He graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1938.
He attended Wisconsin State Teachers College at River Falls from 1938 to 1941.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Nov. 2, 1942, and served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corp on Feb. 15, 1946.
He was a member of American Legion Post 6 and Plover Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10262.
After the war he went back to the State Teachers College to complete his education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education in 1946. He then attended the University of Wisconsin (UW) College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, in 1958, graduating on Jan. 2, 1959, with a Master of Science degree in Agronomy.
He was married to Lorraine Mackie in 1943. She preceded him in death.
He was married to Alice H. (Clobes) Schabel. She died Dec. 20, 2004.
They were members of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.
Mr. Groskopp served on the faculty of the UW as county agriculture agent in Polk County from 1946 to 1955.
He was an active member and founder of the West Sweden Wisconsin Ski Jump Club and was the co-founder of the Tri Norse Ski Jumping Club (Wisconsin Rapids).
From 1955 to 1966 he served as the superintendent of the UW Agricultural Experiment Station at Hancock. In 1966 he left the UW and moved to Idaho to become a research director for the American Potato Co. in Blackfoot, Idaho.
In 1974, he returned to Stevens Point. He retired from Basic Vegetables in 1986.
He continued to be active in many agricultural organizations, including the Potato Association of America and as an emeritus member of the American Phytopathology Society and honorary life member of the Potato Association of America. He also served as an agricultural consultant in central Wisconsin for many years with many Portage County potato growers.
He was active into his senior years in downhill and cross country skiing and working with junior ski jumpers. He was an accomplished musician, playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, clarinet and many other instruments.
Survivors include one son, Gary N. (Diane) Schabel; two daughters, Pamela (John) Flaherty and Kristine (Dan) Lynd; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Tom Schabel; and one brother, Merlin.