He was born Nov. 14, 1917, on a farm north of Centralia, the son of Henry A. and Clara (Reinecke) Grollmes. He grew up there and attended Sherman School near his home.
On April 20, 1942, during World War II, he joined the U.S. Army. He served with Battery B 3rd Field Artillery Observation Battalion in France and Germany. He was discharged on Nov. 25, 1945. He returned to Kansas and lived on a farm west of Corning.
Mr. Grollmes was a farmer and ran a dairy. He also worked for Rockwell International, Atchison, from 1963 to 1967. He also worked at E&R and E&L Construction Co., Wetmore, from 1968 to 1982.
He was a member of St. James Church, Wetmore.
He married Mary Ann Stallbaumer on Nov. 14, 1951, at St. Patrick's Church, Corning. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include five sons, Gary, Linus and Lynn, all of Netawaka, Victor, Holton, and Mark, Circleville; four daughters, Donna Toman, Olathe, Clara Child, Whiting, Jane Bailey, Lawrence, and Karen Gudenkauf, Seneca; a sister, Delores "Peg" Niehues, Goff; 14 grandchildren; and a stepgreat-grandson.
A son, Edward Leo, died May 9, 1986.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Lauer Funeral Home, Seneca, where a rosary prayer service will be at 7 p.m. today. A rosary service will also be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to St. James Church or to Jackson County Hospice, sent in care of the family.