WO1 Fred T. Grotenhuis was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/09/2015 at the age of 70.8
Phillipsburg, NJ
Flight Class 67-7
Date of Birth 05/30/1944
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 175 AHC in 67-68
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Fred Thomas Grotenhuis, life-long resident of Harmony New Jersey and member of Calvary Community Church, passed away in his second home in Barranca, Costa Rica, on March 9, 2015, with his wife Giulia and friends at his side. Born May 30, 1944 to the late Ruth and Lewis Grotenhuis, Fred graduated from Belvidere high school in 1962, volunteered for the U.S. army in 1966, served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon his return from military service, Fred had two daughters with his first wife and grew his father's Book & Supply House into Harmony Press. The qualities that so many people loved and admired in Fred were based in his strong love of Jesus Christ. Fred was an avid aviator whose other interests included playing games, hunting, sailing and skiing. Fred is survived by his wife, Giulia Iannitelli Grotenhuis, daughters Sarah Grotenhuis and Genevieve Yates, son-in-law, Timothy Yates, grandchildren Silas and Sadie Yates, brothers John Grotenhuis, Dave Grotenhuis and wife Mary Ellen, Steve Grotenhuis and wife Mary Jane, sisters Joan and husband Ralph English, Judy and husband Efrain Cabrera, Barbra and husband Bear O'Brien, and 16 nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held at Calvary Community Church, 4 Old Church Rd. Phillipsburg, NJ 08865, on Friday, March 20 from 4-8PM. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 21st at Calvary Community Church at 11AM with reception to follow. Internment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Middle East Reform Fellowship. Please make checks payable to John Grotenhuis, designate check for Eritrea, and mail to Judy Cabrera, 26900 South West, 187th Ave., Homestead FL, 33031.

Published in The Express Times from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2015

Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

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