Michael “Shorty” Granquist, 51 of Laurel, died Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Services will be held Friday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Laurel, with the Rev. Dr. Dave York officiating. Burial will be at the Laurel Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel.
Michael Leroy Granquist was born Jan. 25, 1967 in Wayne to Rollie and Karen (Smith) Granquist. He grew up in the Laurel area and graduated from Laurel-Concord High School in 1985. Michael graduated from UNL with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Agriculture. Mike married Jean Lute on Sept. 8, 1990 in Laurel. He began farming with his grandfather, Cy Smith, and continued farming until the present. Mike was a member of the United Methodist Church in Laurel. He was a big Nebraska Husker fan. He enjoyed playing golf, men’s baseball and basketball. He also enjoyed helping coach his children, Mallorie and Nate’s, sports when they were young.
Survivors include his wife, Jean, of Laurel; three children, Mallorie and Chad Koch of Hartington, Staff Sergeant Nate Granquist of Biloxi, Miss. and Cassie Granquist at home in Laurel; one grandson, Crew Koch, of Hartington and granddaughter on the way; mother and step-father, Karen and Jim Thompson, of Laurel; brother, Tim and Teresa Granquist of Laurel; sister, Tina Ballard of Broomfield, Colo.; in-laws, Gary and Roberta Lute of Laurel; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Doug and Tanya Lute of Laurel; Nancy and Joe Olsen of Harrisburg, S.D.; Mark and Misti Lute of Laurel and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rollie, in 1991; maternal grandparents, Cy and Lois Marie Smith; paternal grandparents, Harry and Vernice Granquist.
Pallbearers will be Tim Bloom, Mark Bruning, Tim Gubbels, Keith Lunz, Steve Rasmussen, Scott Rath, Justin Roberts and Troy Young.