In Memory

Richard L. Grothe

Richard L. Grothe

Grothe, Richard L. "Rick" age 74 of Mpls passed away March 16, 2021 surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by wife Sue, and parents, Wally and Margaret. Survived by children, Brent (Cindy), Bryan, and Brenda Hogan; grandchildren, Liz and Rachel, Conner, Dylan and Brady Hogan; siblings, Kathy (Jesse Grogan), Cheri (Randy Fahlin), and Gary (Nancy); many other relatives and friends. Longtime owner/operator of the family business, Wally's Service Station. Avid member of the Suburban Corvette Club and the local Audi club. Memorial service 2 PM Saturday, April 10 with visitation 1 hour prior, Cremation Society of MN Chapel, 7110 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-924-4100. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the U of M's Schulze Diabetes Institute.


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03/28/21 09:59 AM #1    

Betty K. Garrison (Louisiana)

not only a classmate but a neighbor...I also remember his folks and the service sad to hear this news...

03/28/21 10:44 AM #2    

James H. Lundquist

So sorry to hear of Richard's passing,I knew him well in school and admired him for owning his own business for so many years. Rich will be missed by many that is for sure. Rest in peace Rich 🙏

03/28/21 10:46 AM #3    

Dale R. Glomsrud

Rick was a good friend from childhood through High School and beyond. We went to the same church as little kids through High School every Sunday (Normandale Lutheran) and were confirmed together. Rick lived just a couple of blocks away and of course all of the family vehicles were serviced at WALLY’S Station. Wally and Rick knew pretty much everything about cars. My wife Candy who passed away last year knew Rick as well. My condolences to his family.

03/28/21 11:17 AM #4    

Richard C. (Dick) Lindskoog

Sorry to hear this. He was a great guy and good friend back when we raced go carts at Normandale Church! He knew his engines, for sure!

03/28/21 11:59 AM #5    

Merrilee Buchanan (Demartini)



                                      MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY HE WAS A VERY NICE YOUNG MAN        

                                                            MERRILEE DEMARTINI

03/28/21 12:18 PM #6    

Suzanne L. Lee

My family always went to Wallys.  Whenever I was in town to visit with my mom, I'd stop by Wallys and often saw Rick. In my mom's later years Rick would do a "house call" to help her with her car.  Such a nice man and family.   My condolences to the family. 

03/28/21 12:22 PM #7    

Bill Lord

Not only was Rick a classmate but was the best mechanic a guy could have. Rick took care of of both Carol and my cars for 40 + years at Wally's. I think he charged me about 30% of the time. Quiet Rick was a wonderful guy, may his children treasure his memory.

03/30/21 11:17 AM #8    

Don G. Sharp

Condolences to Rick's family.Also grew up with Rick& the family cars were always serviced at Wally's.Would always stop by to see him when in town.What a GREAT guy. Don

04/14/21 12:12 PM #9    

Lee W. Reierson

I didn't live to far from Wallys Service Station at 66th and Woodale. Rick had a 50 Pontiac that was converted to a straight stick transmission in high school. He would drive it by my house on Concord Avenue almost every day after high school. I enjoyed that car.When I visited Minneapolis every year I would drop in to see Rick at his service station. He was always a bit reserved but car guys could be that way. I would tell him what I was working on from my collection and he always enjoyed my stories.He enjoyed his racing and I enjoyed my collecting and restoring cars. When he sold the station I missed that part of my Minneapolis visits. I hope Rick is looking down and watching what I am doing these days with my cars. Rest in peace

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