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Nick Grose

Nick's story began like most stories do, March 3, 1985, with two anxious parents at a bustling hospital in Casper, Wyoming. From there the commonality of Nick's story with others diverges into his own unique journey. His arrival was early, impatient in true Nicholas Daniel fashion, eager to meet his parents, Kenny (New Cambria, MO) and Brenda, (Mount Ayr) and two siblings, Niccole (Swank) and Chris. The family made their home in nearby Glenrock, Wyoming where they lived until Nick was two and a half.

In 1987, the family moved to Mount Ayr, Iowa, back to their roots and at the age of five Nick got the opportunity to be a big brother to Mitch in 1990 and Jordyn in 1992. The family unit was not quite complete, but that would come later:)

Nick started and attended Mount Ayr Community School, completing his formal education with graduation in May, 2003. Nick's early traits of tenacity and determination that saw him through the rollercoaster days in a NICU became a passion and intensity that transferred itself into athletics. Nick found much success on the football field, the track and baseball diamonds. He loved the challenge of besting his own performance on the track, the hard crack of football pads under Friday night lights and had the mindset of a true pitcher. Nick played with confidence and humility, never rattled by loaded bases and no outs at the mound or a full count at bat.

Through Nick's high school years, the family continued to grow as Niccole added her husband, Travis Swank and Chris, his wife, Jessi Mains.

After graduation, Nick continued his on the job education, following his dad and older brother into a shared love of playing in the dirt running heavy equipment, working for McAninch Corporation for nine years.

Nick took pride in his skill at sculpting the land, whether it was leveling and grading a million plus dollar development site, creating perfectly formed terraces or carving a farm pond. He loved the seat of a dozer and he became one of the best. In the corporate world of the construction business, employees seldom determine their own job assignments, but Nick's love of the profession was second to his love of working alongside family and he would only work with Chris. He became Chris' "dozer man" and second in command on the many jobs that would take them across Iowa and into Missouri. They worked together and lived together and on their down time they had fun together. During the years on the road working, the fifth brother was added to the Grose family unit. By unanimous decision, Jeremy Pruitt became their Missouri brother and part of the regular family festivities.

January 7, 2011, Nick married Tara Hurst (Mount Ayr). Nick's role as husband was one he was proud of and one he loved, honored and respected.

In 2012, Nick and Chris came off the road of traveling construction with McAninch Corporation and Nick joined JNC Construction, the company formed by brother, Chris and Chris' brother-in-law, Jared Mains. It was a family affair from day one and Nick was an integral part of realizing a shared dream of working together in business with his brother.

In 2014, younger brother, Mitch graduated from NWMSU and came onboard to learn the business from his brothers. Nick was an eager teacher. He loved sharing his skills and teaching what he had learned to Mitch. They were often referred to as the Grose boys or the Grose brothers. It was one for all and all for one and that included their sisters who were equally loved and the siblings they claimed as blood, Travis, Jessi, Jeremy and Erica (Kemery) who Nick looked forward to welcoming to the family officially in April 2016, although as Mitch's longtime choice for his partner in life, Erica was inducted into the family many years ago.

To Jordyn, Nick was counselor, confidante, coach and cohort in fun. Nick saw Jordyn graduate from Iowa State University in December 2015 and although she had turned a bit traitor to the family college colors of black and gold, Nick flashed his trademark smile of acceptance for her Cyclone loyalty, so very proud of her accomplishments. They often joked Jordyn was simply the female version of Nick and their bond was undeniable.

Niccole had the co-roles of sister/mom in Nick's life but for Nick and Niccole, their roles were interchangeable. At times Niccole was the adviser, comforter and teacher and at other times younger brother, Nick provided the roles of wise counselor and fierce warrior protecting the sister he loved. Niccole was just as protective her little brother and Nick knew, if he needed Niccole, she would always be there. He shared long talks about so many things with both sisters and so treasured the relationships he had with each one.

Nick's roles did not stop there, he also carried the role of the fun uncle to Brayden, Dawson, Trenton and Keaton Swank and Isaac and Jace Grose. He loved being Uncle Nick, quick to nudge the boys into a bit of mischief, young enough to still love tossing the football or baseball or challenging them in a game of bags. He was also just old enough to sometimes give them the "Nick" look and remind them that their parents knew best. "Trust me, boys," he'd say.

Nick's role went even further as grandson to Duane and Sylvia Grose (Florence, Arizona), Ruby Grose, (Glenrock, Wyo), Barb Reynolds (Mount Ayr) and Dick and Phyllis Reynolds, (Walnut Grove, MO). Nick was a loving grandson; a frequent visitor to Grandma Barb's for late night conversation and no doubt wise words of advice and looked forward to the frequent visits from his Wyoming grandparents, gleaning even more wisdom from Grandpa "Budisms'.

Nicholas Daniel Grose began a new journey in heaven on January 10, 2016. He loved big and he lived big, he was loved big in return and he will be missed big, until we meet again.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

  • Open Viewing

    January 14, 2016
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    United Baptist Presbyterian Church

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    January 14, 2016
    5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    United Baptist Presbyterian Church

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Celebration of Life

    January 15, 2016
    10:00 AM

    United Baptist Presbyterian Church

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Sunday January 17 2016

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

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Months later these messages bring fresh tears and my heart feels the ache just as deeply. Sweet son, you will forever be in my heart...there is no "getting over" the loss of a child, there is moving along just as with each new day, there is finding peace in the knowledge that you, my dear dear Nick commune with Jesus, that you have found your eternity and that you wait for me...in a place that we can only imagine and not fully comprehend yet trust and believe in as our eternal home. I love you, Nicholas Daniel..forever and always, as big as the blue Wyoming skies you were born under, as wide as the east is from the west...and beyond.

Posted by Brenda Grose - Mount Ayr, IA - Mother   September 10, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Nick, although we didn''t see much of each other or talk I still loved you so very much. I will miss you so much RIP Nick. Love you forever and always

Posted by Scotti Koltiska - Lander, WY - cousin   January 17, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

What a lovely tribute to Nick and so many cherished memories from your family. We are saddened by Nick''s passing and thinking of you all. Love and prayers from your cousins Julie and Steve and family, Tim and Merry, and Uncle Ray.

Posted by Julie Watts - Houston, TX - 1st cousin once removed   January 15, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I did not know Nick but my son in law Mark Gregg knew him. What a beautiful obituary that makes you feel like you knew him after reading it. My deepest sympathy and prayers for all who loved him and all he loved. RIP Nick

Posted by Dee Reed - Davis City, IA - none   January 15, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Brenda and Family, I am SO sorry for your loss. Though I did not know Nick personally, I saw him around a lot and he was loved by many!! I can''t imagine the pain. Please know that you all will be in my thoughts and will be lifted in prayer!! God will give you strength to cherish the memories and never forget the love that he shared. God Bless!! Cathy

Posted by Cathy McGahuey - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   January 14, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I loved the way you could Interact with all ages and do it so easily. You usually can bring up that special big smile. I will miss you so very very much and miss you forever. I LOVE YOU.

Posted by Grandma Ruby - Glenrock, WY - Grandma   January 14, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Kenny, it''s been many years since we''ve seen you, but Terry and I wanted to let you know how truly we are for the loss of your son. While it''s much too soon to lose him, cherish the memories you hold in your heart every day.

Kathy (Weigel) and Terry Baker

Posted by Kathy (Weigel) Baker - Windsor, CO - Froemd   January 13, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We will never understand why your work here on earth was done so soon but we can hold onto all the wonderful fun memories of being with you. You were like a little brother. I love that every time I saw you we gave each other a huge long hug with an "I''ve missed you." I''m going to miss your adorable face and your "how you doin" smile. I will always remember our last hug, as you said goodbye with "love ya big sister." You will forever be in my heart❤

Posted by Katrina Dredge    January 12, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Nick was a very special person, always friendly and kind since the day I met him back in 6th grade. He was a great friend and I am thankful for all the memories I have of him growing up. Even after I moved away from Iowa, every time I saw him he always greeted me with a big smile and we always shared a laugh together and would catch up on our lives and our crazy families :) My heart and prayers go out to his family, friends, and the community. Rest in peace Nick, you will always be in our hearts.

Posted by Lindsay Ricker    January 12, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Nick, We are going to miss you stopping by our lake lot just to say hi or coming down and sitting by the fire with us, going on pontoon rides with us!! Taking t the time to visit with us in the store!! You were a wonderful friendly, kind, fun young man!! Not many guys your age would take the time for people like us that are 20+ years older than them!! We always enjoyed your company and are going to miss you dearly!!
Brenda you raised one heck of a awesome young man!! So sorry for your loss thinking of you and all your family!! Mack & Jeanine

Posted by Jeanine & Mack Greene - Mt. Ayr, IA - Friend   January 12, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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