Ed Grosshuesch '52


Dave and Ed Grosshuesch, graduates of Mission House College, class of 1952, are first cousins with a close connection to the college.

Dave's father, Paul, was a former president, and Ed's father, Calvin, was a graduate of the college and seminary.

Dave's and Ed's careers went in very different directions. Dave enlisted in the Navy, became a pilot and served many missions in Vietnam. He retired after 24 years with the rank of captain. Ed spent 38 years in Wisconsin in education. The last 16 years he was the district administrator for the School District of Oostburg.

Ed married Ruth Jaberg '54, and Dave married Mary Wilson of Duluth.

Five years ago they decided to renew their friendship in Beaver Creek, Colorado, where Ed and Ruth's daughter and son-in-law own a home. With Dave in San Diego and Ed in Bella Vista, AR, this location was a good choice for an annual week of visiting, sight-seeing, golf, shopping, and gourmet dinners prepared by "Chef Dave."

Reminiscing about their college days brought back fond memories of the Muskie basketball team of 1950-51, coached by Marinus Kregel. The team began with a bang with a road trip to Iowa, where they beat William Penn and Central College. Other major non-conference wins were against Lawrence and St. Norbert. The team went on to win the Badger-Illini Conference and qualified for the NAIA tournament. Unfortunately, they lost to Carroll College in a close game.

Dave and Ed were the starting guards on that team. The cousins were featured as the "Gezundheit Twins" in a sports article during the season. Other starters, now deceased, were Carl Ibe, Clarence Ortlepp, and Louie Pluim. The cousins, now 80 years old, are the "last two standing" starters of a memorable basketball team.


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