McCOOK, Nebraska -- Robert Melvin Grossman, 90, died Wednesday (June 16, 2010) at Hillcrest Nursing Home.
He was born on Sept. 19, 1919, to Benjamin Franklin and Vergie (Johnson) Grossman in Lewiston, Wisconsin. His father was a cheese maker. Robert was one of nine boys and three girls. They moved to Mitchell, Nebraska when his mother inherited a farm, and he graduated from high school there.
He met his future wife, June Rose Thomas, in Ogallala when they were building the Kingsley Dam. She was from Lebanon and had gone there to help her oldest sister who was expecting. So they met halfway, as I guess it was meant to be. They were married in Oberlin, Kansas on Nov. 26, 1939.
Robert worked on the Kingsley Dam at Lake McConaughy, he worked as an auto mechanic in Danbury and McCook, and owned Bob's Jeep Sales from 1960 until his retirement in 1984. During that time he and June were involved with snow removal.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Donald in infancy; daughter-in-law, Doris Grossman; and nine brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Billy Grossman and Jimmy Grossman; brothers, Oney Grossman and wife, Mary of California, Delbert "Doc" Grossman of Arizona; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. Inurnment will be in the Danbury-Marion Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in his name to the American Cancer Society.
Friends may sign his book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.