Colonel Fred Sigel Grutze, Jr. US Army/Retired. Born November 22, 1919
in Portland, Oregon to Fred and Edith Grutze. Died June 1, 2015 in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. Fred married Marian Brackett on August 31, 1941. Marian passed
away in 2004. Fred and Marian had two children: Glen and wife KC Marie
of Tulsa, Oklahoma and David and late wife Leslie Ray of Rockton, Illinois.
Grandchildren: Randy of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Austin of Moline, Illinois and
Alissa of Rockton, Illinois. Fred grew up in Portland, Oregon graduating
from Franklin High School as class president in 1937. After school, Fred
was an active member in the boy scouts, DeMolay, and the Masons. He worked
for the Fred Meyer Department Store before enlisting in the Army after
the Pearl Harbor attack. Fred went to officer’s training school
and served in the China, Burma, and India Pacific campaign in WWII also
serving two tours in Vietnam. Colonel Grutze received many medals and
commendations during his twenty-six year army career. Fred retired in
Dallas and lived there for over thirty years. He was a longtime volunteer
for meals-on-wheels and served on many boards, including D.A.R.C. and
C.D.C. Fred was an officer and a gentleman, proud, tough and respectful.
He was a great husband, father, and man. Colonel Fred Grutze will be laid
to rest at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later date.
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