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Gary L. Grunow

Aug 21, 1950 - Dec 04, 2022


Gary L Grunow, age 72, of Sheboygan, a husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, soldier, and friend passed away Sunday, December 4th, 2022, in the comfort of his home located in Apache Junction, Arizona. Gary was born to Frederick and Irene Grunow in Sheboygan on August 21, 1950. He was the oldest of five siblings.

He attended schools in Sheboygan until reaching his 17th birthday, when he enlisted in the United States Army. Before enlisting in the Army, Gary met his future wife, Margaret Stegemeyer. After serving three tours in Vietnam, Gary and Margaret married on October 30, 1971, and soon after welcomed, their first child Gary. Shortly after, the family grew to five with the births of Dawn and Wendy.

After being discharged from the U.S. Army, Gary and Marge returned to Sheboygan to raise their family. During retirement, Gary enjoyed many activities such as hunting, fishing, traveling, bowling, and bingo but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include His mother, Irene Grunow, wife, Margaret Grunow; son, Gary (Tara) Grunow; daughters, Dawn (Darwin) Higgins, and Wendy Grunow-Giesler; six grandchildren, Cullen, Hunter, Cheyanne, Destin, Thomas, and Hannah; seven great-grandchildren, two brothers, Dave (Honor) Grunow, Glen Grunow; three sisters, Bonnie (Larry) Paplham, Penny (Tim) Johnson, Patty (Dave) Paasch; one sister-in-law, Georgette Bruss; and fur baby Blanca and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Grunow, mother-in-law, Marie Stegemeyer, father-in-law, Kenneth Stegemeyer, brother-in-law, Bernhard Stegemeyer, and grandson, Edwin Higgins.

A funeral service for Gary will be held on Monday, December 12, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan with Pastor Guy Marshall officiating. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Valor with VFW Post 9156 providing full military honors.

A heartfelt thank you is extended to the Hospice of The West, and Banner Baywood Hospital, both of Mesa, AZ, for their compassion and care that was given to Gary. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Gary’s name. Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Monday Dec 12, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]

Funeral Service

Date: Monday Dec 12, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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Pauline Jobin

My deepest sympathy to you Marge and your family. Gary will be greatly missed.

Kathie Berger

Dear Gary and family, We are so sorry to hear about your dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 🙏 Kathie and Jim Berger Spring Hill, TN

David Rohde

Our heartfelt sympathy for you Marge and your family. Patty and I are sad at the news that Gary passed so soon. We always remember the good times we had in Door County and I was proud to have had Gary as a friend and co-worker for many years. God bless Gary and you, Marge.

Shelley Schmideler

My deepest sympathy Marge to you and your family. I worked with Gary at K.W. Muth Company and Sartorial. Gary was a great guy and will be greatly missed.

Jim and Sherry Roach

Our heartfelt sympathies Marge. Gary was a good guy and he will be missed. Prayers for you and the family during this difficult time.

Barbara Stegemeyer-Lobajeski

My deepest sympathies to you Marge and the family. Berny and i spent many fun times with the two if you through the years. Hopefully the two of them will meet each other again on the otherside.