John M. Grandine, 75


John M. Grandine, of Hartford, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the age of 75 years. He was born Aug. 1, 1938, in Crandon, the son of Lester and Amy (nee Smith) Grandine. The youngest of seven children, John was born and raised on the family’s 80-acre farm in Crandon.

After graduating from Crandon High School in 1956, he earned a degree in botany at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1960. Degree in hand, he joined his father-in-law Robert Klockow, Sr. on the faculty of Hartford Union High School that fall. This was his true calling, as he spent the next 40 years there inspiring students by teaching mathematics, coaching cross-country and wrestling, and serving as athletic director and cocurricular coordinator.

John was a devout Christian and member of the First United Methodist Church. He loved fishing, card games, high school sports, Badger athletics and cooking breakfasts for his guests at “Grand Inn.” He and his wife Dorothy founded and ran the Hartford Duplicate Bridge Club. John achieved the rank of Gold Life Master with the American Contract Bridge League.

John is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Joseph Grandine, and his sisters Lois Wright and Rosemary He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy (nee Klockow) Grandine, his sons Thomas (Patricia) Grandine and David (Julie) Grandine, his granddaughters Hayley and Hannah Grandine and Gabrielle and Madeline Grandin, his brother Lester Grandine, his sisters Faith Bentley and Alice Stapel, and his brothers-in-law Robert (Barbara) Klockow and E. Dale Thompson.

In celebration of John’s life, family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, Jan. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 738 W. Monroe Ave., Hartford. A memorial celebration will follow at 4 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Paul Johnsen will officiate.

Memorials to Hartford’s BEST (Better Education Scholarship Trust), c/o First National Bank of Hartford, or First United Methodist Church Endowment Fund in John’s name would be appreciated.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hartford is serving the family;
www.berndt-ledesma.com.