William Warren Grovenburg

January 05, 1923 - January 03, 2011 

William Warren Grovenburg

January 05, 1923 - January 03, 2011 

Obituary for William Warren Grovenburg

William Warren Grovenburg
January 5, 1923 ~ Jan. 3, 2011

William Warren Grovenburg gently left this mortal sphere on Monday evening 3 Jan. 2011, to be with his loved ones who have gone before. His beloved wife and companion, Nell Gish Grovenburg preceded him on this journey in 2005, his sons, Wayne in 2000, and Douglas in 2001. His eldest son, William G. Grovenburg, and wife Betsy of Monument CO survive him, also his half-sister Juanita Flowers, and sisters-in-law Mrs. Mary Lou Grovenburg, and Mrs. Bertha Johnson. He was grateful to enjoy and be loved by his posterity of grandchildren and their families: Robert & Joy Arroyo, William M. Grovenburg all of Provo UT; Todd & Julia Grovenburg, and Mark & Natalie Bateman all of Ft. Smith AR. He has many precious cousins, nieces, and nephews who have treasured his association. We will all miss him greatly.
Mr. Grovenburg had a full and exciting life. He served in the American Forces during World War II, with the HQ 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, making two combat jumps: one into Normandy on D-Day, and one into Holland. He served in combat in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and Austria; in holding Bastogne and participating in Market Garden. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Not so long ago, he and his compatriots were honored by Normandy France, being given the Jubilee of Liberty Medal, which meant a great deal to him. After his honorable discharge, he continued to maintain a firmly patriotic attitude through his writings and comments to children & grandchildren, always holding his country and her founding principles in highest esteem. “Freedom is not free,” he always admonished us.
As a returning GI, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Petroleum Engineering, and worked for Pure Oil, and Fenix & Sisson through the years and in many states. He was known as a careful and exacting Supervisor, well-respected, and well-liked. He also enjoyed being an inventor, devoting many hours to possibilities for energy development advances, and holds several US patents. He was always a faithful and generous member of his extended family, volunteering repeatedly to help where ever help was needed, always ready to serve a neighbor. He had a listening ear and was forthright in sharing his opinions and concerns. Although he was an adamantly humble man, we hold him as one of the great ones, and were privileged to know and love him. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Evergreen Funeral Home Chapel 1830 E. Fountain Blvd. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910, with the funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.

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