OBITUARY

Fred Grohman Jr.

April 16, 1927December 25, 2012

Fred Grohman, 85, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Fred retired in 1982, after 32yrs from his career with the Air Force Logistics Command at Kelly AFB, TX. He began working in various Maintenance Division jobs in 1950 including driving the tow vehicles to move planes around, working inside small spaces on C130’s, C-5, etc. He was accepted into the 2 year Apprentice Training Aircraft Mechanic program, graduating in 1954 and awarded the Outstanding Apprentice award. His first day after this honor, he was contacted to work various Special Projects that earned him very high esteem from all his supervisors. He worked with the High Dollar items and then saved the Air Force several hundreds of thousands of dollars before moving into various management positions. Fred was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, by General Jack Catton. This was for his excellence in managing the F5 Project Peace Hawk program through 1973. He continued to manage this billion dollar program until 1978, with over 20 round trips overseas, and to Washington, D C where he made countless presentations to all levels of officers there. He also worked with Northrup Aviation Corporation in California with high level decision concerning all aspects of that plane’s production. In 1980, Fred became an Elder at Cornerstone Church. After retiring, Dr John Hagee of Cornerstone Church asked him to work with his church. Fred helped him initiate the Night to Honor Israel program. The church has continued this program locally & nationally very successfully for 30 years. He also managed the pastor’s new TV ministry then, which has also been produced for over 30 years. Meanwhile, he began 95% of the construction of a new home in Spring Branch where they lived for about 14 years. Part of that included the laying of over 7000 bricks as walkways. In 2007, they moved to Independence Village due to Fred’s health issues. On December 23, 2011, they moved w/in a few blocks of the home they’d lived in over 30 years, raising their 7 daughters. Mr. Grohman was preceded in death by Mary Francis Grohman (Wed 17 years), his parents, Fred and Hattie Mary Grohman and his brother and sister-in-law, Leroy and Betty Grohman. He is survived by his wife of 44 ¾ years, Marilyn Tauchman Grohman; daughters, Linda Amshey, Melanie Grohman, Joni Watkins, Barbara Biemer (Larry), Carol Strickland (Tim), Lori Lampis (Sam) and Wendy Ross (James); grandchildren, Mark Amshey (Jennifer), John Amshey, David Amshey (Amy), Alison P. Ferguson (Barry), Angela Pascale (Damon Ong), Sarah Biemer, Matthew (Gennie) Strickland, Samuel Strickland (Meghan Cantu), Elizabeth S. Haynes (Austin), Jordan Ross, Haley Ross (David Wisian), Karisha Neely (Brett) and Lindsay Bradley; great grandchildren, Braxton Amshey (Mark), Brooklyn, Jonah and Luke Ferguson (Alison), Krystal, Kendyl and Kourtney Neely (Karisha), David, Devin and Ava Bradley (Lyndsay); brother, Richard O. Grohman (Puddle), sisters, Albertha Rogers (Bobby) and Viola M. Kauffman (Chuck). The visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 North Loop 1604 East. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at the chapel of Cornerstone Church, Loop 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway. The interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. To sign the online guestbook, please log on to www.sunsetnorthfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 29, 2012
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Fred Grohman Jr.

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Senator Leticia Van de Putte

January 9, 2013

Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.

His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.

Angela Pascale

January 4, 2013

I also wanted to share one of my favorite stories about grampa since I wasn't able to get it written in time for the service. When I started working in the country music business in Nashville , Grampa was incredibly proud. I knew he loved music, so I wanted to give him a chance to learn about it from the inside. I asked him and Grammy to come down to Music Row & have lunch with me and one of the Christian music songwriters that I knew. I expected Grampa to come down wearing his usual blue jumpsuit & cowboy boots - I had even told my co-workers that he always wore that 'uniform' & they were all looking forward to seeing this unusual combination of clothing.
So, I was surprised when he arrived wearing his Sunday best, hair combed, shoes shined. He was literally beaming with pride during the tour of our offices, talking with the staff, and looking at the gold & platinum records on the walls of the office. The songwriter that accompanied us to lunch, Don Poythress, was an incredibly good sport as he answered all of Grampa's questions about the business and listened with great interest to his stories. It was a very sweet moment. On that same trip, I also took Grammy and Grampa to the Country Music Hall of Fame where we read every.single.sign/plaque/exhibit from one end of the building to the other, only stopping to listen to Grampa's stories in between. I always felt that my work in the music business became something kindred between us and I loved being able to share that with him & feel his pride for me through it. For my 31st birthday, Grampa had one of his own portable record players restored for me. I remember being told that he had to drive all the way across town to replace the needle on the player. I felt so special knowing that he did that just for me. I am very proud of it & the records that he gave me from his personal collection to go along with it.

December 31, 2012

As a young couple starting out, Fred was such a blessing to us. Johnny and I recall once when we had a car with almost no brakes. We cldnt even afford a brake job and Fred came to the rescue. I remember him working on that car in his driveway in harmony hills w/ a lantern/flashlight til about midnight and at the end saying " Johnny, this brake job should last you the life of this car!" Seeing as how the car was at least 15-20 yrs old, it did! Also he was so generous to us, trusting us to take his RV! The words that come to mind when I think of Fred are generous, kind, gentle, soft spoken, loving. So glad to have known him. What an example! Much love, Johnny and Lestra

December 30, 2012

So sorry for your loss may he rest in peace

Roy and Patricia Grohman

December 29, 2012

Dear Marilyn and family
We are sharing your loss with very fond memories of you and Fred. Cornerstone has lost one of its staunch pillars.
Love You
Rev.Jim & Shirley Cates

December 29, 2012

Real sorry for your loss Lori. You are in our thoughts. Tom and Dani

Cindy King

December 29, 2012

We are so saddened by hearing of Fred's passing. I know he is in the presence of the Lord. Our sympathy to Marilyn and family. May God comfort you as only He can. Bob and Cindy King

Kay Doyle

December 29, 2012

Heaven has welcomed someone truly special. We celebrate the fact that Fred is in the arms of our Heavenly Father. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Marilyn.

December 29, 2012

Marilyn my prayers are with you Fred was a good part of CFC and will be remembered. Wish i could make the service, but it is impossible.
Bill Ritchey CFC

Shelley Rapoport

December 28, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to Marilyn and the family. Harvey and I will truly miss Fred. His knowledge of music and extensive collection was really outstanding. Our prayers go out to all the family at this very sad time.

With much love, Shelley and Harvey