Thomas Allen "Tom" Grovijahn, age 56, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a video tribute and time of sharing at 6:30 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday at the church.
Pallbearers are: Kevin Fiedler, Karl Fiedler, Jeff Pommerville, Mark Langley, Sam Langley, Greg Hunt, Gaige Dooley, and Chris Huntley.
Thomas Allen "Tom" Grovijahn was born April 14, 1959, in Yankton, South Dakota to William and Delores (Gross) Grovijahn. He grew up and attended school in Yankton. After high school, he moved to Oklahoma, Missouri and then Colorado working as a carpenter. He moved back to Yankton in 1989 and continued his carpentry business. Tom was a handyman who could do any construction project, from siding to windows to building the entire house.
Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, antiques and being outdoors. He was a kind and caring man who would give anything to anyone in need. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could always make you laugh. He loved little children but especially loved being with his family.
Survivors include his daughter, Tiffany (Jeffrey) Pommerville of Yankton; three grandchildren: Kylie Sparrow; Brooklynn Pommerville and Elliot Pommerville; mother, Delores "Dee" Grovijahn of Yankton; father, William "Bill" (Donna) Grovijahn of Yankton; two sisters: Patty Grovijahn of Yankton and Kathy (Kevin) Fiedler of Springfield, South Dakota; niece, Kara Fiedler and Nephew, Karl Fiedler.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
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I am so sorry for your lost but God gain a comedian! Please send me the video or give to Rachel. I want to be there but being in CA i can't make it. I will send money to help with the funeral. God bless you all!
Kay Horlyk Christopher
Tom brought Kevin and I a lot of laughter and joy. He will be greatly missed by his very good friend. May peace be with you. He was a great guy.
Kevin and Jessine Dutcher
We are so sorry for your loss. He was a good friend of the family.
Kathy and family - It's hard when a family member passes on, and just wanted you to know was thinking of you, your sister and mom.
So sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts for all of you.
Kathy and family-
I wanted to extend my sympathy to you and your family for your loss. I remember meeting your brother many years ago when I lived in Yankton. I just remember how funny he was. Prayers for you all!
My husband, John sponsored Tom in AA for awhile. He was such a nice man. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
My thoughts go out to all of the family...I can't help but think back on my childhood..because my siblings and I were some of those locust street kids..who loved to play night games...I will forever remember tom my brother Brent Reggie Davenport and the Erickson brothers always tearing around the neighborhood on their bikes! Love to you all!
meshelle shuff jasso
Dee, Kathy, Patty, Bill - I am so sad and heartbroken to learn of Tom's passing...In spite of his struggles, I knew him to be a kind, caring, generous and genuine man who brought light and laughter to his friends and family who he loved so much. I have such wonderful memories of your family, and I send my sincere condolences to you, Tom's daughter and all your families. wishing you healing peace and comfort
Joan (Nevius) Flesch
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