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James Kenneth Grote
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Birth: Jan. 23, 1932
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jan. 11, 2003
Brazoria County
Texas, USA

Published in "The Facts" Newspaper "Covering Brazoria County - Where Texas Began", Deaths and Funerals section on Wednesday, January 15, 2003.


James Kenneth Grote, 70, of Clute passed away Saturday, January 11, 2003 at Woodlake Nursing Home.

James was born in Minnesota in 1932. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his mother, Olivia M. Smith of Bagley, Minnesota; sisters, Elaine Millar of Fargo, North Dakota, Marilyn Prochnow of Cassleton, North Dakota, Dianne Haukland of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Collen Lindgren of Bagley, Minnesota; brothers, LeRoy Smith of Vallejo, California, Ronald Smith of Bagley, Minnesota, Lyle Smith of Aberdeen, South Dakota, David Smith of Richfield, Minnesota, Douglas Smith of Gardner, North Dakota, Russell Smith of Moorhead, Minnesota. (James' wife Teresa Isidra Valenueva and son Ramon passed away on August 26, 1971 in an automobile accident.)

The family has chosen to honor James' request and there will be no formal services.
MY EULUGY TO JAMES (11 January 2003)

"James Kenneth Grote was our brother. He was the eldest son in a family of eleven children.
Dear God,Please receive our brother with open arms.
James was my bother. There are many things I should have done to make things easier in his later life;
I should have searched for him long before being asked to do so.
I should have come to see him right after he had been located.
I should not have waited until he was sick to come to see him.
I should have been here during his last hours on this earth, prior to his passing.
I could go on and on, but it does no good to dwell on what should have been done.
I can, however, remember that day, after about two years of searching, when I received the first phone call from James. It was on the 4th of July. It was on my birthday.
I answered the phone that day and James was calling. The first thing he said was "I understand you've been looking for me." I was surprised. Although it had been almost 40 years since I had last spoken with him, I recognized his voice.
After I had greeted him and said how nice it was to finally hear from him, that is from "James", he promptly informed me he used the name Jim.
So, Jim as he liked to be called, and I had a delightfully long visit. He did have a strong voice and a strong heart. Unfortunately, I was not able to hear that voice when we visited him in October. It was then to late, his heart and spirit were strong, however, the body was not.
James called me quite often during the last four years, and also wrote many letters. He was a whiz on his old typewriter. He was always upbeat and we were planning to visit each other. Either he would come to see me or I would come to see him. He also loved to receive letters and was happy with all the pictures sent by his many sisters and brothers.
During our talks, we reminisced about our days on the home farm in Minnesota, the long toboggan hills down to the Pomme de Terre River during winter, making of snow angels, and also the long, cold paper routes in Morris. He was the one who taught me how to play "Mumblety-peg". This was a revision of an old game which all young boys played after they received their first pocket knife.
Yes, Jim, you will be remembered, and I am only sorry that we could not have gotten together under better circumstances.
God Bless you Jim, and may you rest in peace. Yes, You will be remembered as Jim, our big brother.
May you rest in peace."
Family links: 
  Olivia Marie Grote Smith (1913 - 2010)
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: James' ashes were spread at sea off the shoreline of "Surfside Jetty Park", in Surfside, Texas.
Created by: LeRoy L. Smith
Record added: Jun 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91641901


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