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Obituary for Karl J. Groenewold
KARL J. GROENEWOLD, 67, of Morrison, IL, died Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, IL. Karl was born December 25, 1947, in Chicago, IL, to John H. and Alice H. (VanderLaan) Groenewold Sr. He attended Detroit High School in Detroit, MI, and was a graduate of City Barber College in Detroit, and also of Scott Community College in Davenport, IA. He married Ruth Ann (Kooi) Ammon on August 4, 1972 in Fulton, IL. She died on August 6, 2002. On November 22, 2003 he married Donna J. (Root) Tippen in Morrison. Karl was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War. He was first employed by the former Chicago and North Western Railroad as a car welder. Most recently he was a self-employed truck driver and owned and operated K & R Trucking until retiring in December 2007. Karl was a member of the Morrison Christian Reformed Church and served as a deacon. He enjoyed yard work and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Donna; his mother, Alice Groenewold-Redeker of Waupun, WI; four sons, Jerry Ammon of Fulton, IL, Jeffrey Groenewold of Fulton, IL, Justin Groenewold of Fulton, IL and Jason (Roxanne) Groenewold of Morrison; one step-son, Randall (Tonya) Stricker of Thomson, IL; seven grandchildren, Alex Groenewold, Madison Anderson, Drew and Hailey Hall, Morgan Ammon, Annmarie and Brianna Groenewold; six step grandchildren, Shawn Schaefer, Arlene (Ryan) Wiersema, James Hatt, Tashia Hansen, Tyler (Jessica) Stricker, Ashley Stricker; four great grandchildren, Marquise Smith Jr., Ross Wiersema, Sammy Wiersema, Melody Wiersema; one sister, Kathy (Robert) Bille of Waupun, WI; one brother, James (Lois) Groenewold of Waupun, WI; two step sisters, Janet DeVries and Eilline VantHoff, both of Waupun, WI; one step brother, Larry (Ruth) Redeker of Hartford, WI. Karl was preceded in death by his father, Rev. John Groenewold; his step father, Otto Redeker; his first wife, Ruth Ann; one brother, John Groenewold Jr., one sister-in-law, Frances Groenewold.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:30 AM Saturday " March 21, 2015 at the Morrison Christian Reformed ChurchOFFICIATING: Rev. Dr. James T. Petersen " Pastor: Morrison Christian Reformed ChurchVISITATION: 4:00 " 7:00 PM Friday " March 20, 2015 at the Morrison Chapel " Bosma-Renkes Funeral HomeINTERMENT: Fulton Township Cemetery " Fulton, IL