Gronemeyer, Jr., Herbert W.
Gronemeyer, Jr., Herbert W.
September 24, 1924 — May 4, 2021
Herbert William Gronemeyer, Jr., 96, passed away May 4, 2021. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a service celebrating Herb's life at 11:00 am, on Tuesday, May 11, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO 64138. Burial with military honors will follow in Mount Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund.
Herb was born September 24, 1924, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Herbert W. and Mildred (Maier) Gronemeyer. He attended Northeast High School and graduated from Pembroke Country Day School, class of 1942.
Herb served in WWII from 1943 to 1946 in HQ.Co. First Bn., 343rd Inf. Reg. 86th Inf. Div. (Blackhawks) with General Patton's Third Army across Germany. Also he served occupation duty in Manila, the Philippines. Herb attended the University of Kansas (Lawrence) under the G.I. Bill, graduating with his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. He was a member of Delta Chi fraternity.
Herb was employed by Pitman Manufacturing Co. in Grandview from 1950 to 1964 as Chief Engineer of Truck Cranes. He retired from R.O. Corporation in Olathe in 1992 as Senior Vice President. He was a past member of ASME, SAE, ANSI B30-5 Comm. on Cranes and was a MO Professional Engineer.
Herb was a life member of American Legion Post 21, VFW Post 8100, DAV Post 2, Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say in Boy Scouts of America and member of Elks Lodge 26. He was a member of Ivanhoe Masonic Lodge 446, Kansas City Scottish Rite Bodies and Ararat Shrine, where he served as a Potentate's Aide for nine years, Director of the Greeter unit, President of the Grandview Shrine Club, a member of Quetzalcoatl, and longtime Secretary-Treasurer of the Sandblasters. He was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Kirk.
Along with his parents, Herb was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Betty; sister, Marion "Jan" Carlson; and companion in recent years, Patricia Martin. Survivors include his sons, Stephen Gronemeyer (Nancy) and Philip Gronemeyer (Gayle, deceased); Betty’s children, Mary Barnard (Allen, deceased), Victoria Ragland (Frank, deceased), Elizabeth Kryger (Bill) and Robert Hinsen II (Karen); seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and all of Pat Martin’s family.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a service celebrating Herb’s life at 11:00 am, on Tuesday, May 11, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO 64138. Burial with military honors will follow in Mount Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund.