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Thomas George Gennrich


1946 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Thomas George Gennrich Obituary
Thomas George Gennrich, age 71, died of natural causes in the presence of his family and friends, May 14th, 2017, in Las Cruces, N.M.
Tom is survived by his bride of 36 years, Patricia DeBord Gennrich, of Las Cruces, N.M.; his daughter, Mary Katzenberger; his sons, Michael and Tova, Matthew and Valerie, and Mark and Irene; his brother, Robert Gennrich of Roscommon, M.I.; his brother Joseph Gennrich, of Garland, Tx.; and his grandchildren, Manny, Estefan, Mikayla, Tristan, Abbygail, Scarlette, Gianna, TK, Quinn, Elizabeth and Victoria.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Sue Stitchick and Theresa Hypnarowicz.
Tom was born on May 1, 1946 in Hamtramck, M.I., to parents George and Bernice Gennrich. On March 23, 1964, he enlisted in the United States Army out of Detroit, M.I., and began serving his country as a combat engineer and later graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and served proudly and humbly as a Green Beret.
Over the course of his 20-year career, Tom served two tours in Vietnam with 5th Special Forces Group and was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation medal for valor in combat. Tom later served with 10th Special Forces Group in Bad Tolz, Germany, and also deployed with the XVIII Airborne Corps to Grenada in support of Operation Urgent Fury.
Upon retirement, Tom attended technical schooling in Oklahoma to become certified in HVAC. He settled in Las Cruces, N.M., and worked in the field for 13 years before accepting a position as the Coordinator and Instructor of HVAC at Dona Ana Branch Community College.
Tom was active in Boy Scouts, the Special Forces Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in his retirement years. His family and friends will remember him as a tough, hard working man who loved his bride and family until his death.
Memorial Services will be held at Veteran's Park on Aug 18 at 2pm. Reception to follow at VFW Post 6917, 5845 Bataan Memorial West.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 12, 2018
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