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MANSFIELD: William Grogoza, age 92, passed away March 3, 2014, following a brief illness. William was born August 29, 1921, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Andrew and Maria Grogoza. Will graduated from North East High School in Philadelphia. During World War II he served as a watchmaker and tool and die maker in the Army, while working at the Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, where he helped manufacture munitions and worked on the team which created dies for the Purple Heart Medal. After the war he served as an Engineer in the Merchant Marine traveling to Europe and South America. In 1951 he graduated from the Pennsylvania Military College with a degree in Mathematics and became a Registered Engineer. William came to Mansfield with the Westinghouse Student Development Program, working in new product development. He was a Captain in the Richland County Civil Air Patrol. While working at American Machine and Foundry, he invented the Magic Triangle bowling score display and other bowling machine parts. He owned and operated his own tool and die and manufacturing company, Sp-era Engineering.
Will gave of his knowledge to others, when he taught electronics at Pioneer Joint Vocational School and was a professor of radiology physics, math, machine traces, and engineering courses at Ashland College, Ohio State University, and North Central Technical College. He served three foreign tours in Jamaica and Costa Rica as a volunteer member of International Executive Service Corps, improving the manufacturing processes in small companies and creating new tools and machines. He loved to collect and study old cars, antique tools, and machines.
He was a member of the Little Washington Congregational Church and the Widener-Apollo-Kensington Masonic Lodge #211 in Philadelphia.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Lutz Grogoza, as well as his sons, Andrew Grogoza (Donya Sutter) and Jeffry Grogoza; daughters, Marijan Grogoza and Meredith Hale (Kevin Hale); and one granddaughter, Elizabeth Hale. Will loved animals and is survived by his trusty cat.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brothers, Emil Grogoza (2012) and Walter Grogoza (1918).
Friends may call at the Diamond St. Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield, on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Little Washington Congregational Church on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., presided by Pastor Dave Root. Burial will follow in the Little Washington Cemetery with military honors provided by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland Foundation, William Grogoza Fellowship Fund.
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Wappner Funeral Directors & Crematory
98 S Diamond St
Mansfield, OH 44902
Published in the News Journal on Mar. 6, 2014