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Bruce Gronvold

Bruce Lawrence Gronvold, age 55, passed peacefully on March 19, 2017 at his home in Barton, ND after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a true warrior and motivated by those surrounding him, with love and support.

Bruce was born December 27, 1961. He is the son of Victor and Theresa (Mattern) Gronvold and the youngest son of their 5 children. He grew up on the family farm in Barton and was baptized and confirmed in the Barton Lutheran Church.  He graduated from Rugby High School, Class of 1981. During his High School years, he was known for his remarkable speed as he devoted his entire years playing football and sprinting track for the Rugby Panthers. You will see his State Champion banner for both the 100 and 200 yard dash, hanging in the RHS gymnasium.  He proudly went on to play football for the NDSU Bison on a Scholarship his Parents were so proud of. Bruce was a running back and wide receiver for the Bison in 1981 and 1982. He was even part of NDSU’s ’81 national championship game. Continuing his support for the Bison was very important to Bruce.  He attended 4 of the 5 national championship games in Frisco, TX. He even made the most recent trip to Iowa, in NDSUs upset over the Hawkeyes.

It was at NDSU where he met his Soul Mate, Lori Ann Lizakowski, whom he married on November 5, 1983 at Barton Lutheran Church. They happily chose to move back to help Victor and Theresa on the farm and eventually took over. Together they were blessed with 7 children, followed by 5 grandchildren. He was so proud of all his kids and loved every second of being a grandpa.  Bruce had a strong passion for his family farm. He led by example, showing his children the importance of hard work, dedication, honesty, and Church on Sundays. Bruce was busy from sun up to sun down, but made sure his family truly lived through fishing, hunting, biking, and relaxing at Lake Metigoshe.  Bruce was a cherished husband, father, grandpa, son, brother, and friend to many.  He found a special way to impact those around him. Bruce was always there to lend a helping hand and his humor could brighten anyone’s day. He had a smile that was contagious and a laugh that could not be beat. We all will miss Bruce dearly but know deep down he is with us in spirit. His legacy will continue with everyone he shared his life with.

Bruce is survived by his Mother, Theresa; his wife, Lori; 7 children, Brandilyn (Matt) Stockdale, Cody (Kaylee) Gronvold, Morgan (Drew) Holmgren, Maverick, Victor, Whitney and Logan; siblings, Sheila (Gil) Harper, Archie (Fern) Gronvold and Bonnie Voeller; 5 Grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his Father, Victor and his Brother Tom.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25th at the First Lutheran Church in Rugby with spring burial in the East Barton Lutheran Cemetery, Barton.  Pastor Sharon Baker, officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.  


Posted Condolences:

Our deepest sympathies, prayers, love and hugs to Bruce's family. We are so sorry for your loss. Be thankful for so many colorful memories of a life well lived.
Guy and Lynn (Hill) Harper

Your smile and laugh will be missed by all.  It was always good to see you at the sports events Granny and I will always cherish our high school years.  May God be with all of you.
Lyle Kraft

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Always remember him laughing as he's running for a touchdown. Joe and Melody Volk.


Your laugh and smile were very much a part of you. I never forget when I nearly missed your suburban in my grandparents yard. You laughed and made me laugh. You made people enjoy the moment. Even at the Barton Pig Roast. It takes courage to laugh even in the toughest of circomstances. I know I had stage 4. You will be missed. Your Family is in my prayers. With Deepest Sypathy during this time of sorrow.
Pam Walter

Thinking of your family at this very sad time.  I knew Bruce in high school and he was always a character!  Everyone loved him.  Thoughts and prayers to you all. 
Pete, Kim and Karolynn Winger

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lori and family.
Ray and Lois Minette

Cody & Kaylee -  Sending our thoughts and prayers for you and the family during this difficult time.  Praying for the Lord's comfort and peace!  
Jeff & Deb Bahr

Dear Lori and Family  -  Our heartfelt condolences.  Our prayers will be with you all.  May the Lord bless you with graces and Divine help in your grief and adjustment.  May His Peace be with you all.
Mark and Susan Hoffert

I remember Bruce  at track practice always smiling and got along with everybody, even though we still had more to do Bruce's laughing and joking around seemed to make it just a little bit easier; I'll never forget the time we ran a sprint together and  needing to get 1st or 2nd to qualify, Bruce new i had a bad ham and right away at end of race Bruce came over to me after he took 1st and asked if i made it , i said i got third ,without blinking an eye Bruce said, "if id a  known i would a slowed down,"  without his usual  smile,as serious as can be; thats just the kind of guy Bruce was.One of a kind. My condolences to Bruce's Family, God Speed Bruce.
Tom Stenson

God Bless to Bruce and Lori and the rest of the family.  Bruce, you were a tremendous person and athlete.  I will always remember your high school accomplishments.  You're still a "stud." 
My condolences. John McClintock



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