Osceola County

Sgt. Neil Groendyke




Memorial Services Held at Sibley for Pvt. E. Groendyke

Sibley, Ia.—Special: Memorial services were held Tuesday afternoon in the First Reformed church in Sibley in honor of Pvt. Edward Groendyke, 24, who was killed in action in France February 19, while fighting with the infantry. Rev. Mr. Heidebrink of Corsica, S.D., was in charge of the services and was assisted by George Mudge post, American Legion, A. L. Sharbondy commander, in charge.

Pvt. Groendyke left for the induction center at Fort Snelling, Minn., August 15, 1944. He was sent to Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark., for his basic training in the infantry. Just before he was sent overseas in January as a replacement, he came home on a short furlough, arriving here on Christmas eve.

He was killed in action just one month after his arrival overseas. The War Department message bringing this news reached his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Groendyke on March 4.

Surviving are his parents, three brothers, Sebastian Groendyke of Sioux City, Sgt. Neil Groendyke, Fort Sam Houston, Tex., and John Groendyke, Worthington, Minn.; and five sisters, Mrs. Minnie Weg, Worthington, Mrs. Nellie Vander Wilt, Sibley, Mrs. Margaret Zylstra, Currie, Minn., and Agnes and Lucile Groendyke at home. Sgt. Neil Groendyke attended the services.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, March 16, 1945