Alan Groll passed peacefully in his sleep July 2, 2020. He was born September 18, 1927 to Richard and Renee (Voelchert) Groll in Manitowoc, WI After graduating from Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1945, Alan joined the United States Marine Core and was sent to Germany as part of the peace keeping force. Alan received his honorable discharge in 1946 and earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the UW-Madison in 1951. After graduating Alan worked as a civil engineer in Milwaukee and later in Upper Michigan. He later returned to Manitowoc and worked as a self-employed land surveyor.
On June 23, 1956 Alan married the love of his life, Joann Ahrens (Jerry and Helen nee: Nazer). Together Alan and Joann raised three children, Roger, Debra (Jon) Blegen and Kevin (Marena). In 1968 Alan accepted the job as street superintendent in Algoma, WI and moved the family to Algoma in 1971. In 1978 Alan accepted a job with Brey, Stuewe and Braun Engineering in Sturgeon Bay, WI In 1982 Alan returned to private surveying until his eyesight became impaired, due to Macular Degeneration; forcing him into retirement in 2003.
Alan is survived by his three children, one grandson, Joshua Groll, nieces Barbara (Nicholas) Nitka, Susan (John) Donaubauer, Nancy (Robert Fromm) Ahrens, Yvonne Rupnik, Susan (Steve) Cornelius, Mary (Steve) Meng; nephews Phillip (Nanette) Groll, Jerry (Debra) Ahrens, Sr., Thomas (Rose) Ahrens, Gene "Geno" (Jody) Ahrens, Jr. and Michael (Shelia) Ahrens; brother-in-law Gene Ahrens, Sr and sister-in-law Monica Ahrens. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother Donald Groll, sister-in-law Harriet Groll, brother-in-law Jack Ahrens, sister-in-law Jean Ahrens and niece Nancy Pravechek
Alan enjoyed spending time with his family, in-laws, friends and loved ones. Alan read extensively and followed current events. From his college days, Alan continued to follow UW-Madison football and basketball. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Detroit Tigers' fan. For years Alan enjoyed following local high school sports.
The Groll family and extended family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Autumn's Journey who cared for Alan the last three years of his life.
A public gathering will be held, Sunday July 12, 2020 at the Algoma United Methodist Church from 11:30 AM until the Military Honors at 3:00 PM. In observance of Social Distancing the family will be holding a virtual funeral service that can be viewed on the Algoma United Methodist Church website
www.ourdoorsareopentoall.org. if you don't feel comfortable coming to the church. The public is invited to the Military Honors at 3:00 PM on the front lawn of the church.
A private burial will take place at Knollwood Memorial Park in Manitowoc County of Monday.
The SCHINDERLE FUNEAL HOME, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.
Express your sympathy, memories or pictures on Alan's tribute page at www.schinderle.com