Marrett  Grund


Marrett Dale Broady Grund, 46 of Mankato, died suddenly on June 28, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.
Memorial service will be held 11a.m., Friday, July 5, 2019 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato with visitation starting at 9a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, please give memorials to the family towards educational savings for his daughter, Cecilia, or to Wecovery, 509 South Front Street, Mankato. Mankato Mortuary is assisting the family.
Marrett was born January 15, 1973 to Dale and Kay (Fenger) Grund in New Ulm, Minnesota. He graduated from New Ulm High School in 1991 and attended MSU Mankato where he earned his B.S. in Biology. Through an internship with the Minnesota DNR, he discovered his love for wildlife ecology. He was married for the first time in 1995, before moving to the University of Missouri where he completed his Master's degree in wildlife ecology. He and his wife moved to Carbondale, Illinois where he completed his Ph. D. at Southern Illinois University.
His oldest daughter, Cameron, was born in 2000 in Carbondale, and the family moved soon after to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he led white-tailed deer research for the Pennsylvania DNR. Kendall was born in Pittsburgh in 2003, then the family moved back to Mankato to be nearer Marrett's family, when he was offered a position with the Farmland Wildlife Populations and Research office of the Minnesota DNR in Madelia. He worked with the DNR until 2014, when he decided to pursue becoming a Lutheran pastor, something he'd considered from the time he was in high school.
In 2009, shortly after Caden was born, Marrett sought treatment for alcoholism and has been in recovery ever since. The recovery community in Mankato carried him through his divorce in 2011, and Caden's diagnosis with autism in 2012. He also worked tirelessly to carry others in recovery when they needed support, often dropping everything to get someone into treatment.
Marrett met Collette through mutual friends in 2012, and he knew from the first date that he loved her. They became best friends, and taught each other to believe in God's grace more deeply. They married in 2014, and Marrett became a dedicated stepfather to Ollie. The final addition to the Broady Grund family, Ceci, was born in 2017. Marrett will be remembered for his kindness, his deep love for all kinds of people, and his faithfulness to his family and his God.
Marrett is survived by his wife, Collette; children, Cameron, Kendall, Caden, and Cecilia; step-son, Oliver; father, Dale; and siblings, Geraye (Steve) Menk; Ferris Grund; and Crystal (Renee MacLeod) Grund. He is preceded in death by his mother, Kay.
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11 posts

April ( Hughes) Gabrielson
Jul 07, 2019
So very sorry to hear of the passing of Marrett, he was a classmate of mine. Your family and friends are in my prayers.
Bradley Olson
Jul 06, 2019
Condolences to the family from a DNR college.
Carli (Besse) Stensrud
Jul 06, 2019
I attended high school with Marrett. I have never known anyone else with that name. He was a year older than me but I remember him fondly. I especially remember he was always laughing and smiling. His obituary is so touching and really shows the love he had for his family. I am so very sorry for your loss. He was taken too soon, but too often the best ones are. He will be watching over you and he is at peace. I am thankful you have a strong faith and can find comfort in the knowing his soul is still with you. God bless you all. ❤️🙏🏻 I am sending a long distance hug.
Jim Spencer
Jul 06, 2019
Godspeed Marrett. One of the nicest people I knew.
Ed and Laurie Owen
Jul 05, 2019
Our love and prayers are with you and your family. So many of us here at Bethlehem Chicago are thinking of you with deepest sympathy for your loss
Craig Debban
Jul 04, 2019
Marrett was a classmate, teammate, and friend during school in New Ulm. It’s been many years since Marrett and I have connected and that saddens me but I’m glad he became the man and the father he always wanted to be. Some great memories - Rest In peace friend. My condolences to the family for this loss.
Janet Geisler
Jul 02, 2019
To the family of Marrett, you have my deepest sympathies. I am Tim Kruse''s aunt and they were best friends growing up so it was during that time period that I got to know Marrett. May God give you peace during this difficult time.
Simon and Dawn Hernandez and Family
Jul 02, 2019
Please know that we are thinking of your family in this time of sorrow! God IS with you and is there for you always. Trust in the knowledge that he will see you through this and will always be by your side!
Jo Holen
Jul 02, 2019
So sad to hear this news. Sending healing thoughts to the family - especially the kids.
Marge & Jerry Orness
Jul 01, 2019
We hope you can feel the support from Bethlehem. The church was full on Sunday and we learned the sad and unbelievable news at the service. There was a feeling of God's love and concern for you at that service. May that love surround you and help you through this most difficult time. Love, Marge & Jerry Orness
Gayla Satre
Jul 01, 2019