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Crystal Grorud

January 24, 1943 — September 9, 2009

GRENVILLE- Funeral services for Crystal Grorud age 66 of Pickeral Lake near Grenville will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at River of Life Lutheran Brethren Church in Watertown, SD, Rev. Scott Dempster officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Another service will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau, ND, Rev. Tim Voth officiating, Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be at Oak Creek Cemetery, Bottineau. She passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 near Long Beach WA from automobile accident. Fiksdal Funeral Service ( of Webster and Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau, ND are in charge of the services. Crystal was born January 24, 1943, in Bottineau, ND, to Arthur and Minnie (Skarphol) Larson and was raised on a farm north of Bottineau. She completed her education at Bottineau High School in Bottineau, ND. Crystal married Allan R. Nelson on May 5, 1962, in Bottineau. They lived in the Bottineau area for 32 years and then moved to Minot, ND. After loving him for 36 years, Allan went home to be with the Lord on July 13, 1998. At that time, Crystal moved to Grafton, ND, and later to Casselton, ND. She married Richard E. Grorud on September 10, 2005, in Fargo, ND and lived at Pickerel Lake near Grenville, SD, for the past four years. Crystal was born again in Christ as a young child and her greatest desire was to reflect Christ in her life. This impacted the lives of those around her, including each of her six children, who credit her with influencing their own decisions to follow Christ. She dedicated her life to being a godly wife, mother, and grandmother with a quiet, servant heart. Crystal is remembered for willingly playing with her grandchildren and often waiting to eat until she had served everyone else. She was willing to take time for others and genuinely cared for people. She became a life mentor to many who knew and loved her. Crystal loved Dick with all her heart and considered herself blessed to have the past four years with him. He and his family gave her even more blessings as she loved them as her own. She is survived by her husband, Richard, of Grenville, SD; 5 sons, Rick (Kristy) Nelson of Renton, WA; Ron (Billie Jo) Nelson of West Fargo, ND; Jerome (Donna) Nelson of Fargo, ND; Jack (Jenelle) Nelson of Bothell, WA; and Mitch (Chris) Nelson of Fairmont, MN; 1 daughter, DeAnn (Ron) Streit of Casselton, ND; 1 step-son, Jim (Teresa) Grorud of Milbank, SD; 1 step-daughter, Janet (Arvid) Liebe of Milbank, SD; 28 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Ardeen (Edna) Larson of Bismarck, ND; Laverne (Kathy) Larson of Cooperstown, ND; Wendell (Margo) Larson of Denver, CO; Luther (JoAnn) Larson of Fergus Falls, MN; 2 sisters, Stella Timboe of Williston, ND and Marlayn (Duane) Mummelthie of Gilbert, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by both her parents, Arthur and Minnie Larson, and her first husband, Allan Nelson.
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