JACK GRILL (LT. COL. RET. USA)(1918 - 2009)

Jack Grill born April 19, 1918 in Trier, Kansas to Gustav and Rose (Wurm) Grill went home to be with the Lord July 5, 2009.

Jack attended Colorado State College where he was in the ROTC program, a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and joined the Colorado National Guard. During this time he met Hazel A Hopkins. They married January 9, 1942 the day after he was commissioned in the US Army and began a 26 year adventure in Army life that spanned much of the globe.

During WWII, Jack served as the Air Intelligence Officer for the 24th Tank Battalion attached to the 13 Armored Division.

He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor for his actions as the division pushed through France and spearheaded into the Ruhr Valley.

After returning from Europe, Jack was stationed at Monterey Language School and then in Seoul, Korea with his family- his wife Hazel, daughter, Cynthia and son Jack. They were evacuated from Korea as hostilities grew. Jack was then transferred to Japan to activate the 89th Tank Battalion which landed at Pusan, Korea in the very early days of the Korean War. Two months later, Jack was wounded when he and his driver encountered an enemy patrol. For this he received the Purple Heart and was sent home.

For the remaining years of his Army career, Jack served at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Hood, Texas, Orleans, France, Goeppingen, Germany and retired from service while serving at Fountainebleau, France.

After retiring, Jack and his family settled in Mount Vernon, Washington where they built and operated their business, the Norge Village laundry and dry cleaning center. While operating the business, Jack served several terms as President of the Washington State Dry Cleaners Association and six terms as Treasurer of the Skagit Valley Men's Garden Club. Jack was also very active in his church Emmanuel Baptist Church, serving as a deacon for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gus and Rose Grill and his beloved wife Hazel in 2000.

Surviving Jack is his daughter Cynthia Bonner of Mount Vernon and son Jack Grill of Kenmore. He left five grand children and their spouses, Sean Bonner (Jennifer) of Post Falls, ID, Andria Grill Kennoy of Brighton, CO, Michelle Bonner Ramos (Leo) of Mill Creek, WA, Jennifer Grill Seo (Stan) of Kenmore, WA, and Aaron Bonner (Jody) of Bothell, WA. Jack also leaves 10 great-grand children and former son-in-law Dale Bonner of Hamilton, WA.

Viewing will be held Friday, July 17, 2009, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Hawthorne Funeral Home. A Full Military Graveside Service will be held Saturday, July 18, 2009, 10:00 am at Hawthorne Memorial Park Veteran's Garden, with a Memorial Service, 11:00 am at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, with Pastor Bob Weltz officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1515 E College Way, Mount Vernon, WA.

Please share your thoughts of Jack and sign the online guest register at www.hawthornefh.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 1825 E College Way, Mount Vernon.

Funeral Home

Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park
1825 E. College Way  Mount Vernon, WA 98273
360-424-1154

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 14, 2009