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Jack Grothusen

We buried one of the best in the Ellsworth Cemetery today. I only got to know Jack Grothusen during the past nearly 10 years that we have operated Drovers Mercantile. He used to hail me at high school football games; always curious about how things were going and always supportive toward the things we were doing in Ellsworth. He often came by the store to talk about the old ranches and his knowledge was extraordinary.  
Jack’s smile and positive attitude was sincere and wonderfully contagious. Even after he learned that he had cancer he heroically maintained the character that had seen him through his life.  
He passed through the “Last Gate”, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004.  
Jack was born Nov. 18, 1920, in Ellsworth. He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of American Legion 174, VFW 6485, Ellsworth County Veterans Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Ellsworth School Board, Citizens State Bank and Trust Board of Directors, Kansas Livestock Association and National Livestock Association. He also was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder and youth leader. He was named a KSU Extension Master Farmer in 1976. Jack was a very special fellow.  
He taught me a lot about the old ranch history and about life itself. He will truly be missed. I was very privileged to know him.  
So Long, 
The Cowboy 


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