The Aug. 11 Open Forum article by Thornton Parker paints a very rosy picture. In 2010, Uncle Sam gave the residents of Rockingham County about $650 million by his calculation.
WASHINGTON — I’ve observed many funerals over the last decade in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. Last week I went for what, God willing, was the last.
Twenty-one years ago, in mid-August 1993, an orthopedic surgeon named George White penned a simple yet clear missive to The Winchester Star, the DN-R’s sister paper to our north, outlining a sound philosophy for how men should think that applies not just to Americans in their everyday lives, but as well to the elected officials with whom we entrust the public weal. We repeat this piece each year as a reminder.
John Hood Gronemeyer, 85, of Harrisonburg, passed away Dec. 24, 2012, at Sunnyside Health Care Center in Harrisonburg.
Mr. Gronemeyer was born March 31, 1927, in Clarksburg, W.Va., and was the son of the late Herman Arthur Gronemeyer and Agnes Fleming Hood.
Mr. Gronemeyer served in the U.S. Navy and was a graduate of the University of Virginia. He was a Boy Scout executive and owned and operated a florist and gift shop in Kansas City and Florida. He moved from Tavares, Fla., to Harrisonburg, where they retired in 2004.
On Dec. 27, 1958, he married JoAn G. Gronemeyer, who died Jan. 21, 2007.
He is survived by a daughter, Eleanor Agnes Gronemeyer of Charlottesville; a son, John Hood Gronemeyer Jr. of Kansas City, Mo.; sister, Elizabeth Wise of Raleigh, N.C.; nephew, Joseph P. Aust and wife, Kathleen, of Charlottesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Meredith Chapel at Sunnyside at a later date.
Mr. Gronemeyer was cremated at the Kyger Funeral Home & Crematory in Harrisonburg and burial will be private.
Memorial gifts may be sent to The Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd., Suite L, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Online condolences may be sent to the Gronemeyer family by visiting www.kygers.com.