Galen Orville Grotrian May 23, 1954 — July 24, 2020
Galen Orville Grotrian was born May 23, 1954, in Syracuse, Nebraska. His parents were Otis and Frances Grotrian.
He graduated from Nemaha Valley schools in 1972 after attending Boys State in 1971. His attendance at the University of Nebraska was interrupted by a serious motorcycle accident.
Galen was a voracious reader and music lover. He worked various trades and worked in construction for a number of years before moving to Iowa in 2009 to recover from a life-threatening illness. In Iowa, he worked for Forage Genetics and Land O’Lakes. He enjoyed the people he worked with and the diversity of jobs he performed there.
He was the family genealogist and was currently working to compile a more complete transcription of his complex family history. He had lived in Madrid since 2012 and died there Friday, July 24, 2020, as a result of a fall. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
A celebration of life will be on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. at either the park or community building in Cook, Nebraska, location depending on weather and Covid-19 limitations.