Marion I. Groven

Marion Groven, age 79 of Philip, South Dakota, died January 4, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Rapid City.

Marion Ilene Chally was born in Adams, North Dakota on April 1, 1930, the daughter of Louis H. and Stella (Qually) Chally. She grew up on the farm in Adams and graduated from Adams High School in 1948. She then went on to Walsh County Ag School in Park River, ND.

Marion had two children, Gloria and Richard with Marvin J. Groven. The family moved to Philip in 1952 where she was a bookkeeper for 46 years at the Farmers Union Oil Co. She enjoyed her work but most of all being with her family and friends. She had a love for horses that remained strong her whole life. She cherished her time with her children and grandchildren, her summer trips to North Dakota, and cherished the special Sundays with her granddaughter Jana. Marion was an active member of her church, First Lutheran Church of Philip. She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society since 1957, and a member of the Haakon County Farmers Union from 1953-1963. She was a three time cancer survivor with a will that never gave up.

Marion is survived by her son Rick Groven of Kadoka; her brother Leslie (Eldora) Chally of Adams, ND; her seven grandchildren; Jana Kuchenbecker-Kenzy (Chris) of Rapid City, Jarod (Becki) Groven of Hill City, Crystal (Jim) Wiese of Hill City, Leslie Larsen (Chace) of Rapid City, Jami Reed (Matt) of Rapid City, Garret Kuchenbecker, and Carmen Bickford (John) of Boise, ID; as well as seven great grandchildren.

She will be reunited in heaven with her loving parents; her beloved daughter Gloria (LeRoy) Kuchenbecker; her sister Eunice (Elmer) Iverson; and her brother Vernon (Lorraine) Chally.

Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm on Friday, January 8, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip.

She will be buried at the Trinity Cemetery in Edinburg, North Dakota, along side her parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial is established.


Friday, January 8, 2010 - 2:00 p.m.

First Lutheran Church

Philip, South Dakota


Pastor Frezil Westerlund


Marianne Frein - Organist

Elvera Moos - Vocalist

"Have Thine Own Way, Lord"

"An Evening Prayer"

"God Be With You"

"Amazing Grace"

"Mansion On The Hilltop"


Steve Ferley - Tom Struble


Chris Kenzy - Matt Reed

Rick Groven - Jim Wiese

Jarod Groven - Chace Larsen


All Relatives and Friends in Attendance


Trinity Cemetery

Edinburg, North Dakota