John M. Grandine,
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
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;