John Martin Gruntmeir Jr., age 86 of De Smet, formerly of Iroquois died at his residence in De Smet on Thursday, 0ctober 1, 2015. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Thomas Catholic Church in De Smet. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening October 8th from 5pm-7pm at St Thomas Catholic Church with a Rosary at 7:00pm. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Iroquois.
John was born May 3, 1929 in Okarchke, Oklahoma to John Martin and Mary (Jueschke) Gruntmeir. He attended 12 years of school at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Okarche. In 1950 he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth TX., serving as gunner on the B-36 air plane. After discharge in 1954, he returned home to Okarche and farmed with his brother Bill. Following the wheat harvest brought him to Iroquois, SD, where he met Amy McTighe. John and Amy were married on Jan. 17, 1959, at St. Patrick’s Church in Cavour, SD. The couple made their home on their farm, south of Iroquois. After suffering a stroke in Oct. 2012, they moved to De Smet, SD where he was a member of St Paul’s Catholic Church until its closing in July, 2015, then St. Thomas, De Smet. John centered his life around his family and the farm. He strived to be, and was a good farmer. This didn’t leave much time for hobbies but he loved to hunt, play with old tractors, and watch OU football and the MN Twins. His favorite pass time was visiting with people, especially about his B-36 days! He was a member of the American Legion post 0280 of Iroquois. He served on many boards, Church council, Iroquois school, Iroquois and Osceola grain elevator boards, as well as the Logan township board for at least 50 years.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Amy, his sons: Jeff (Tanya) granddaughter Caley Gruntmeir Volga, SD , Greg Gruntmeir, Iroquois, SD, Joe (Susie) Gruntmeir, Iroquois, SD, one daughter Marie Meyer, Santa Fe NM, one sister Chris Pfefferkorn, New Braunfels, TX, one sister-in-law Louise Gruntmeir, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary, brothers Robert and Bill, Bill’s wife Darlene, sister Trudy and husband Dan Hansen, and brother-in-law Don Pfefferkorn
Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials in lieu of flowers be given to favorite charity.