Lenhart J.H. Grothe


Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2006


  Lenhart J.H. Grothe

Lenhart J.H. Grothe

Kodiak resident Lenhart J.H. Grothe died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006. He was 70.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Kodiak Assembly of God Church in Kodiak.

Mr. Grothe was born April 15, 1935, in New York, the first of three children born to Alex and Carola Grothe of Hamburg and Oldenburg, Germany. After graduating from high school in Orlando, Fla., Mr. Grothe joined the Naval Reserves and served for two years.

He won a scholarship to the Montana School of Mines in Butte, Mont., where he studied for two years. In 1955 he traveled to Alaska for a summer job working for a prospecting company. He fell in love in Alaska and the following fall he transferred to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 1957 he graduated from UAF at the top of his class with a bachelor’s of science degree in mining engineering.

Mr. Grothe started Northern Exploration and Equipment Company while in college. He also worked at the Red Devil mercury mine for a number of years. With his partner, Tom Pearson, he started Lost River Mining, a mining operation in Tin City and Nome. His mine in Tin City was the only operating tin mine in Alaska and the United States, his family said.

“He traveled all over the world but always returned to Alaska. This was only the beginning for throughout his life Lenhart always had a new business endeavor to pursue,” his family wrote.

In the early 1970s he met and married Jeanne Gail Moore.

“He was a loving father and a devoted family man who took great care in educating and providing for his children and grandchildren. He especially loved to put them to work on one of his many projects,” his family wrote.

“Lenhart was a kind, humble and generous man who took great pleasure in his family, friends and business endeavors. He was known for his great sense of humor, the twinkle in his eye and his sly smile. He was also well known as a talented businessman who enjoyed sharing his wisdom and stories with others. ... He is dearly loved and will be missed by all.”

Mr. Grothe was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Carola; and younger brother, Gilbert.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne of Kodiak; son, Lenhart Alexander of Soldotna; daughter, Lynden Carola of Fairbanks; grandchildren, Garrett and Cameron of Soldotna; daughter-in-law, Deborah of Soldotna; brother and sister-in-law, Wally and Beverly of Orlando; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory in Anchorage.

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