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This profile was last updated on 8/26/02  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. James Bimbi Grussendorf

Wrong James Bimbi Grussendorf?

Founder

Grussendorf Nursery
 
Background

Employment History

  • Duluth Winnipeg
  • Minnesota Power

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Apostolic Lutheran Church
  • Member
    Minnesota Nurseryman's Association
  • Member
    Hermantown Credit Union Board

Education

  • University of Minnesota-Duluth
Web References
Obituaries (Proctor, Minnesota) 02-07-2002
www.proctormn.com, 26 Aug 2002 [cached]
James "J.D." Grussendorf, James "Bimbi" Grussendorf and Sherry Leveille, both of Munger, are mourning the death of their father, James "J.D." Grussendorf.
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James "J.D." Grussendorf, James "Bimbi" Grussendorf and Sherry Leveille, both of Munger, are mourning the death of their father, James "J.D." Grussendorf.
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Jim was born in Duluth to D.T. "Deke" and Hulda Grussendorf.
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Jim attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and subsequently joined the Duluth Winnipeg and Pacific Railway.He held a position with Minnesota Power and Light, and in 1952, together with his father D.T. Grussendorf, founded Grussendorf Nursery in Hermantown.Jim served as president and landscape architect for their family-owned nursery.
Jim was a member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church, Esko.He served on the Hermantown Credit Union Board, was affiliated with the Union Gospel Mission and was a member of the Minnesota Nurseryman's Association.
He is also survived by his devoted wife of 42 years Bette Davis Grussendorf, daughters Mary Sandstrom of Duluth, Rhonda (Kevin) Tomlin of Hermantown and Janna (Chris) Martinson of Duluth, a sister Eleanore (Edward) Puumala of Spring Lake Park, Minn., brothers John (Mary) Grussendorf of Esko and Carl (Doris) Grussendorf of Hermantown, ten grandchildren, his German Shepherd Matchen, and many nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Apostolic Lutheran cemetery.Arrangements were made by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Obituaries (Proctor, Minnesota) 02-07-2002
www.proctormn.com, 14 Feb 2002 [cached]
James "J.D." Grussendorf, James "Bimbi" Grussendorf and Sherry Leveille, both of Munger, are mourning the death of their father, James "J.D." Grussendorf.
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James "J.D." Grussendorf, James "Bimbi" Grussendorf and Sherry Leveille, both of Munger, are mourning the death of their father, James "J.D." Grussendorf.
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Jim was born in Duluth to D.T. "Deke" and Hulda Grussendorf.
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Jim attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and subsequently joined the Duluth Winnipeg and Pacific Railway.He held a position with Minnesota Power and Light, and in 1952, together with his father D.T. Grussendorf, founded Grussendorf Nursery in Hermantown.Jim served as president and landscape architect for their family-owned nursery.
Jim was a member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church, Esko.He served on the Hermantown Credit Union Board, was affiliated with the Union Gospel Mission and was a member of the Minnesota Nurseryman's Association.
He is also survived by his devoted wife of 42 years Bette Davis Grussendorf, daughters Mary Sandstrom of Duluth, Rhonda (Kevin) Tomlin of Hermantown and Janna (Chris) Martinson of Duluth, a sister Eleanore (Edward) Puumala of Spring Lake Park, Minn., brothers John (Mary) Grussendorf of Esko and Carl (Doris) Grussendorf of Hermantown, ten grandchildren, his German Shepherd Matchen, and many nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Apostolic Lutheran cemetery.Arrangements were made by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Budgeteer News - Duluth, Minnesota
www.duluth.com, 1 Feb 2002 [cached]
James Dietrich GrussendorfBudgeteer News - Duluth, Minnesota
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James Dietrich Grussendorf, 63, Grussendorf Nursery Co-Founder, Musician
of Hermantown, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in St. Mary's Medical Center, with his precious wife by his side.
Visitation was Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Bell Brothers Chapel.A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Apostolic Lutheran Church, 25 Church Road, Esko, the Rev. Gary Kangas officiating.Burial will be in Apostolic Lutheran Cemetery.Arrangements are by Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.
Mr. Grussendorf was born on Aug. 28, 1938, in Duluth to D.T. "Deke" and Hulda Grussendorf.
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Jim attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and subsequently joined the Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway.He held a position with Minnesota Power and Light, and in 1952, together with his father, D.T. Grussendorf, founded Grussendorf Nursery in Hermantown.Jim served as president and landscape architect for their family owned nursery, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this spring.
He had a love for adventure and excellence.He flew his own private plane, raced speed boats, raced snowmobiles on oval tracks and in later years, participated with his son/daughter racing team in straight line snowmobile speed runs.His interests varied from classic cars, to classic tractors, to BMW motorcycles, to model trains and antiques.
But, above all, his gift of music touched the hearts and souls of hundreds.J.D.'s five-string banjo style and technique were renowned throughout the region.
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Jim cherished all of the fine musicians that he had the privilege of playing with across the area.He mentored aspiring musicians by teaching the secrets of his craft.Also, he loved to frequent nursing homes, infecting the audience with his laughter and songs of joy.
Jim was a member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church, Esko.He served on the Hermantown Credit Union Board, affiliated with the Union Gospel Mission and was a member of the Minnesota Nurseryman's Association.He was a favorite speaker at area garden club meetings, taught pruning classes with his own special flair, and never missed the opportunity to deliver Rotary Roses to numerous friends each year.He amazed everyone with his everyday good deeds.He would not let a day go by without visiting a friend or two in need, or delivering a surprise "Rose Bush," his specialty.Jim truly saw his dream realized when he recently helped to establish a first ever "Kenwood Reunion," to reunite long lost childhood buddies.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Bette Davis Grussendorf; son, James Jr. "Bimbi" Grussendorf of Munger; daughters, Sherry (Joe) Leveille of Munger, Mary Grussendorf Sandstrom of Duluth, Rhonda (Kevin) Grussendorf Tomlin of Hermantown and Janna (Chris) Martinson of Duluth; sister, Eleanore (Edward) Puumala of Spring Lake Park; brothers, John (Mary) Grussendorf of Esko and Carl (Doris) Grussendorf of Hermantown."Grandpa J.D." always had his arms wide open for grandchildren, "DTie" Lindsay, Chasea, Joey, "Ana" Adriana, Josh, Zack, Mariah, "Gawk" Skylar, Paige and "Haywee" Hayli; his German shepherd, Matchen; and many nieces and nephews, whom he held dear to him.He left a permanent mark on this world, a blessing to all, a gift from the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Hulda, his father, D.T. and a brother, Thomas Grussendorf.
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