John Gronberg, age 91, passed away on July 12, 2017 at Generations at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron. He was born on May 30, 1926. He married the love of his life, Hilda Ipema on April 3, 1947. John was a proud Marine Corps veteran. He worked as a factory machinist at Elco Tool in Rockford and also worked as a farmer. John was a passionate fisherman and a was a dog lover. He enjoyed wood working and feeding the birds in his spare time. He also liked to go antiquing. He is survived and missed by his wife, Hilda of Stillman Valley; his children, Linda (Tom) Hough of Machesney Park, Albert (Nancy) Gronberg of Collinsville, OK, Wayne (Sharon) Gronberg of Lena, IL, Janet (Victor) Sadewater of Machesney Park, and John Allen Gronberg of Stillman Valley; sister, Corrine Nelson of Rockford; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Allen, Ruth, and Ruby. No public services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
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