Donald William Grosz
Donald William Grosz
Delmont Donald William Grosz, 64, died Friday, August 9 at Case De Luz Hospice in Tucson, AZ. Funeral service will be Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 pm at the Delmont Legion Hall in Delmont. Visitation will be Friday, August 16 from 5 to 7 pm with a 7:00 pm prayer service at Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Delmont.
Donald William Grosz was born September 22, 1948 to William and Irene (Peters) Grosz in Parkston, SD. He attended and graduated from Delmont High School in Delmont, SD in 1966. He was united in marriage to Mary Verzani on August 8, 1969 in Armour, SD. Upon graduating from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD in 1971 with a degree in Park Management, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Army. He was a Military Police Officer throughout his military career. He transitioned into the US Army Reserve and US Government Civilian Service in 1986. In 2005, Don graduated from the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA with a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. Don retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve in 2008 and as a GS-14 from Government Service in 2011 completing an honorable career of 40 years combined service to his country.
In 1998, Don and Mary moved to Germany where Don held the positions of: Program Manager/Force Protection Officer, US Army Europe Provost Marshall Office; Deputy Chief, Anti-Terrorism, US Army Europe; and in 2007, Don became the first civilian Chief of Anti-Terrorism for US Army in Europe. During his distinguished military service to our country, Don was awarded many medals and honors including the Army Achievement Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, and the Meritorious Service Medal. In addition to his military honors, Don received numerous US Government Civilian accolades to include induction into the Anti-Terrorism Hall of Fame and the highest Federal Service Award bestowed upon Government Civilian employees. Don went to his heavenly home on Friday, August 9, 2013 at Casa De Luz Hospice in Tucson, AZ at the age of 64.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of Delmont/Tucson, AZ; 2 children: Angela Marie Grosz of Tucson and Thomas Jason (Danielle) Grosz of New York; 3 grandchildren, Sydney, Finley and Paxton Grosz; and a sister, Nola Redd of Delmont.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jan Grosz and a brother-in-law, Bill Redd.