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John Alexander Grosch

The family and friends of John Alexander Grosch regretfully share that John passed at his home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on March 23, 2014. A memorial was held for John on March 27, 2014, in Glenwood Springs.

John’s parents, Paul and Rose Marie Grosch, raised their three children, Steven, Paula and John, in Worland, Wyoming. John’s twin, Michael, passed shortly after birth. As a child, John was very sensitive and caring. John graduated from high school in Worland and attended Casper College.

John married Melissa Porter in 1972. They had two children, John Paul and Hilary. Through the years, the family made their home in Wyoming and in Wisconsin. They owned and operated the successful Deli Haus in Worland, where, as great cooks, John and Melissa delighted in sharing good eats and good jokes with community. John has two grandchildren. John Paul and wife Amy have a daughter, Vivian Rose. Hilary and husband Robert have a son, Wyatt.

John later moved to Prescott, Arizona; to Kalispell, Montana; Denver, Colorado; and then Glenwood Springs, Colorado where he married Sheila Moore on April 5, 2008. Also John’s beloved family are Sheila’s four children and six grandchildren: son Jared and wife Lezlee (children Zanna and Zayden); son Addam P. Moore (Ethan and Isabella); daughter Marissa Heather Bachtel and husband Eric (children Joshua and Aiden); son Paul E. Moore and wife Gretel.

John worked many years in construction, often as project manager. He spent equal time gifting his many skills to family, friends, and neighbors — roofing, tiling, concrete, plumbing, shoveling snow, and the like. John loved to give of himself, to help, to serve, to lift life’s burdens off others. He was particularly sensitive to those less fortunate than he.

John was naturally artistic, which flowed into painting, sculpting,and cooking, but colorful wit and humor was his true medium. John enjoyed the out-of-doors. Fishing, bird hunting, camping, recreational shooting and skiing were among his favorites. John volunteered his skills for Special Olympics. He was a music buff and collector, of which he enthusiastically shared. He was an avid gardener and canned many modest, although glorious, harvests, which he joyfully gifted to a lucky few. John was passionate in all his endeavors.

John dearly loved his family and friends. He had a generous heart, caring deeply about others, the environment and the dynamics that make up the fabric of society. John’s open heart and wisdom fueled his passion for higher principles and his deep concern about the state of our world today and the direction we are heading.

John diligently educated himself, deepening his knowledge of science and politics. He was especially concerned about the ongoing global destruction caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, GMOs, environmental pollution, and political corruption gone unchecked.

In lieu of donations, John wants us to honor his deepest desire, which is, in every way we can, through widespread awareness and actions on these issues; to turn the tide of destruction so future generations may live in full health and well-being. Perhaps John’s most precious wish is that mankind would wake up, have reverence for the environment, and realize that truly, our major mission in Life is to take care of our fellow man — we are indeed our brother’s keeper.


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