|Richard Alan "Rick" Grohmann, age 62 of RR Gilson, died Saturday, September 7, 2013.
He was born on January 9, 1951 in Galesburg, the son of Clyde W. and Rosemary (Link) Grohmann. He married Tina Moshier on June 29, 1975 at the Congregational Church in Abingdon.
Rick is survived by his wife, Tina; one son, Jeff (and Tammi) Grohmann of RR Abingdon; one daughter, Stacy Josefson of RR Gilson; two grandchildren, McKay Grohmann and Keston Grohmann; his mother, Rosemary Grohmann of RR Gilson; one brother, Ray (and Pamela) Grohmann of Lovington; one sister, Nancy (and Forrest) Thomas of London Mills; his mother-in-law, Marjorie Moshier of RR Abingdon; a brother-in-law, Dan Moshier of RR Abingdon; a sister-in-law, Terri Brown of Bardolph; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Grohmann, his father-in-law, Elwood Moshier and a brother-in-law, David Moshier.
He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1969. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and served during the Vietnam War. Upon his return from the service, he married Tina and they raised their family on the farm. Rick was a grain and livestock farmer. He owned and operated Grohmann's Christmas Tree Farm and previously Grohmann's Strawberries. His passion was showing "championship sheep" for his Step Ahead Sheep Farm. In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He served as a trustee for the Orange Township Board and was Supervisor for 8 years. He was a member and past vice-president of the Athletics Boosters Club in Knoxville. He was a member of Shropshire Sheep Association and director of the Illinois Dorset Sheep Association. He was also a member of the Illinois Christmas Tree Association and a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau. He attended Orange Chapel United Methodist Church.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Rev. Darryl McDaniel and Rev. Sue Bryce will officiate. Burial will follow in the Haynes Cemetery near Delong. Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday at the chapel.
Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial award to be established for area sheep shows in honor of Rick. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.