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Western Wis. man injured in welding accident dies on wedding day

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A 22-year-old man hospitalized with severe burns fought to stay alive for four days until his battle ended last Saturday, the day he was supposed to be married.

Jacob Gronemus, 22, of Cashton, Wis, about 30 miles east of La Crosse, suffered third-degree burns on 75 percent of his body after a welding accident on Oct. 1, the La Crosse Tribune reported.

Gronemus was flown to the burn unit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was put on life support.

Almost exactly a year ago, Gronemus had promised to marry his fiancé, 19-year-old Ashley Kast.

“He took me squirrel hunting,” Ashley told the newspaper. “I came back with a ring.”

The wedding date was set for Oct. 5, but the young groom didn't make it. He died from his injuries late that night, River Towns said.

Gronemus was a 2010 graduate of Cashton High School and football standout. He was honored by the team last Friday.

He also had a passion for rebuilding diesel engines and had just started his own business, Jake's Ag and Diesel LLC, earlier this year.

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