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Darrald Grenier, 83

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Darrald Paul Grenier, 83, died Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Darrald was born June 1, 1930 in Rolette , ND, the son of Simeon and Clara (Casavant) Grenier. He grew up in Rolette, where he graduated from Rolla High School. Darrald furthered his education at North Dakota State University in Fargo where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. Darrald also learned to farm on the family home farm.

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On July 2, 1953, Darrald was united in marriage to Alice Garrison in Devils Lake, ND. The couple was blessed with five children.

Darrald moved to the Twin Cities, where he began working for Ford Motor Company. He also worked for MTS Systems Corporation. In 1972, Darrald became self-employed and moved to Alexandria. He tried several new ventures including ownership of Diamond Jims in Nelson and World of Arts and Crafts at Viking Plaza. In 1975, he owned a Hardware Hank store in Fergus Falls for about three years before moving to Nelson, where he purchased a farm.

In 1984, Darrald and Alice moved to Fort Myers, FL where they managed an apartment complex. In the mid 1990s, the couple moved to Missoula, MT to work for their son, Kevin. After Alice passed away in December 1999, Darrald moved to Aberdeen, SD to be with his son, Corey. He returned to the Alexandria area in 2003, where he retired and remained a resident.

Darrald enjoyed all kinds of hunting including pheasant grouse, deer, duck and moose. He loved going boating and snowmobiling, especially at Yellowstone. Darrald played all sorts of card games including pinochle and cribbage. He especially enjoyed playing with his friends while living at Windmill Ponds. Throughout his life he put his engineering skills to use. He was always finding ways to improve something or build something innovative.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Grenier; daughter, Shelly Drussell; brothers, Harvey and Theodore Grenier; and sisters, Lucille Hart, Dorine Stephens and Velma Millang.

Darrald is survived by his sons, Corey Grenier of Aberdeen, SD and Kevin Grenier and wife, Mary, of Anchorage, AK; daughters, Deena Steffl and husband, Jim, of Alexandria and Denise Grenier of Western, NE; grandchildren, Michelle Johnson, Christine Andersen, Jocelyn Presley, Garrett Grenier, Katie Drussell, Levi Drussell, Brett Grenier, Ryan Grenier, Jenna Steffl and Jack Steffl; great-grandchildren, Mali, Madeline, Logan, Isabelle, Noah, Oliver, Quinn, Alayna and JeiLyn; and brother, Orville Grenier of Rolette, ND.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, May 28 at Church of St. Mary in Alexandria. The Rev. Father Steve Binsfeld was the celebrant. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery at Rolette. Honorary pallbearers included all of Darralds grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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