REMSEN — Elwin (Al) Grosjean, 87, peacefully went to be with the Lord on June 6, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by family.
He was born in Rome N.Y. on January 14, 1934, a son of Clayton and Grace Miller Grosjean. He grew up in Ava and developed a passion for the outdoors as a hunter, fisherman and woodsman alongside his father. He graduated from West Leyden High School. He was first married to Arlene Converse (predeceased) and they were parents to Jeffrey (predeceased) and Kelly. He later married Yvonne Kuehner on June 6, 1980. They enjoyed 41 years of marriage and enjoyed various local car rides exploring, along with the trips they took to Maine. Elwin was a volunteer fireman for many years. He worked with a relative driving a log truck until he began his career at Griffiss Air Force Base as a sheet metal worker and plastics fabricator, where he was responsible for repairing various military aircraft under a variety of adverse conditions. He retired after 35 years of service. He then established Al’s Small Engine Repair at his home garage in Remsen. He provided this service to the community for over 20 years. His passion for hard work continued until he was 84 years old. He had a fond passion for the family hunting camp in the Adirondacks. He also enjoyed skiing, snowmobiling and scuba diving in his younger years. Nothing surpassed his love for dogs, especially Golden Retrievers. Al never hesitated to express how proud he was of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He couldn’t have been prouder of his family who loved him dearly. His heart was big enough for all of them and he would do anything for anyone. He was a great storyteller and he will be sadly missed.
Surviving is his loving wife, Yvonne; three children, Kelly (Dane) Cagwin, Robert (Alberta) Butkiewicz and Sheryl Shepard; five grandchildren, Kimberly (Chris) Joynt, Christin (Jim) Gilot, Robert Butkiewicz II, Lindsay (Jason) Gori and Aaron (Sarah) Cagwin; 8.5 great-grandchildren, Reese, Tessa, Lindley, Esme, Avery, Colten, Cameron, Reid, and the baby on the way that warmed his heart. He’s also survived by dear cousins, Suzanne (Walt) Belevick, Edward (Carolyn) Meadows; and dear friends, Amelia Victor, Mitch Thomas, Mark Fidler and Bill Bates. He was predeceased by his parents.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 11, 2021, at Evergreen Cemetery, Stokes. There are no public calling hours. Arrangements are by Mills Funeral Home, Boonville. For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com.