William H. Gronemeyer

September 17th, 2012

William H. Gronemeyer, age 65, of Wilmington, died peacefully at Winchester Hospital on September 17, 2012. He was born in Carroll, Iowa, on February 13, 1947, to the late Lyle J. and Ruth C. (Stickrod) Gronemeyer. He grew up in Iowa and was a graduate of Odebolt-Arthur High School. He joined the Army in 1966 and reported to Ft. Devens, MA for AIT before being sent to Vietnam and then Germany. After being discharged in 1970, he returned to Massachusetts. He later earned his Engineering Degree from Lowell University (now UMASS, Lowell).

In 1972 Bill and Ruth (Birkle) were married and settled in Wilmington where they raised three sons. Later two beautiful daughters-in-law and five precious grandchildren were added to the family.

In March Bill retired as Senior Engineer from Aspen Compressors of Marlborough. He was proud to have been involved in the development of several patents involving the production of Aerogel.

Bill had hoped to pursue his many interests and complete his many projects after retirement. He enjoyed motorcycles, hang gliders, gyrocopters, radio-controlled airplanes, sheet metal work, computers and electronics, ham radio, vintage aircraft, and the state of Maine. He belonged to the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Woburn Sportsman’s Club, the Quannapowit Radio Association, and Wilmington’s Emergency Management. Most of all he enjoyed being¬† Gumpy¬† to Jeanette, Joseph, Evan and Nora. His fifth grandchild, Emily Jane, was born only hours before her grandfather passed away. He waited for her safe arrival before he could leave us.

Besides his wife Ruth, Bill leaves behind his sons and daughters-in-law; Eric and Faith, Michael, Jacob and Mary Kay, and his five grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Terry, Scott and Mark and his sister Sharon Rolf of Iowa. He was brother-in-law of Louise and Peter Anderson of Wilmington. Bill is also survived by many nephews, two nieces, and many friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, September 21 at 11:00 a.m followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, September 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School St., Woburn, MA 01801.


28 Entries in Guest Book for “William H. Gronemeyer”

  1. Judy Tanner says:

    With sympathy,
    Robert and Judy Tanner

  2. Jim and Carole Devine says:

    Dear Ruth and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Bill. Our deepest sympathies to you all. We know how much you will miss him. God Bless you all.
    Jim, Carole and family

  3. Linda and John Omobono says:

    Words cannot express how sadened John and I to hear of Bill’s passing. Please know that our thougts and prayers are with you and your family.
    John and Linda

  4. Diane Smedberg says:

    How very sorry and sad I am to hear about Bill. He gave it the good fight! He loved his family so very much. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Love Diane

  5. Ed Barlow says:

    Dear Ruth and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bill. He has been a great friend for many
    years. God bless you and your family. Sure glad I had a chance to see you both on my last visit to Mass. He will be missed by all his friends and family.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.
    Your Friend Ed

  6. Elaine & Don Mallett says:

    Dear Ruth and Family:

    We are so deeply saddened by Bill’s passing. Please know that we are here for you in your time of grief. There is now another bright star in the sky above us.


    ‘Pooch’ and Donny

  7. Doug Olsen says:

    Dear Ruth and Family,
    I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am about Bill’s passing.
    Bill and I spent many years working together and became great friends as a result.
    I will forever miss his youthful personality as he always had a smile or joke or story to tell to help make the days go by faster. He loved his cars, motorcycles, and gyro’s, but most of all his family. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Gronemyer family.
    Bill was a great guy and he will truly be missed by all.

    With deepest sympathy
    Doug Olsen

  8. Kang P. Lee says:

    Dear Ruth and Family,

    I had the pleasure of having Bill work for Aspen starting way back when aerogels was still a project within Aspen Systems, Inc. I have always enjoyed interacting with Bill for his warm and pleasant personality in addition to his creative mindset. I was glad to have him back to Aspen after a hiatus at Aspen Aerogels and ever since we worked on interesting design projects that we both loved to collaborate on. I bet he is still working on his unique Gronevane and other clever ideas in heaven. I will miss him very much.

    With my heartfelt condolences,

    Kang P. Lee
    Aspen Systems, Inc.

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  10. Lucy and Joe Donoghue says:

    So sorry to hear about Bill he will be in our daily prayers Also you and your family . God bless You Lucy and Joe Donoghue

  11. Ruth Campos Bowes says:

    Dear Ruth and Family

    So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

    Ruth Campos Bowes

  12. Zlatko Altiparmakov says:

    Memories never fade
    As they live with us forever
    Cherish the memories

    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Zlatko Altiparmakov – Z

  13. Barbara & Leo Forester says:

    Dear Ruthie and Family,
    Leo and I are sorry for the loss of Bill. Our thoughts are with you all.

    With our sympathy and thoughts.

    Barbara & Leo Forester

  14. Robert Sceppa says:

    Dear Ruth and family. I am sorry that we lost Bill. I have known Bill for a long time. He was a member of the EAA and we shared ideas and aviation stories. He was quite the smartest man I ever knew. My thoughts and prayers to Bill and your family.

  15. Cindy Elmore says:

    Ruth and Family,

    My heart hurts for you. Be blessed and encouraged by your family and friends.

    God Bless you,


  16. Jennifer says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Ruth and your beautiful family.
    Love and Blessings,
    Jennifer from Veteran’s Services

  17. Ron Wysk says:

    Dear Ruth and Family;

    It is with a heavy heart that I heard of Bill’s passing. He was my friend, and I will miss him very much. Please accept my deepest sympathy.


    Ron Wysk

  18. Todd Gronemeyer says:

    Ruth and Family,
    My life long impression and rememberance of cousin Bill growing up,though 7yrs. younger than he, is that he was a person who marched to his own drummer. In that,I mean that while most of us were complacent and satisfied with the status quo, Bill always dreamed, schemed and invented new ways to make life easier and better.( I especially remember the riding lawn mower he conjured up consisting of a self-propelled mower, a coaster wagon and a play house chair! ). In ways, I guess I have always considered him my “Nutty Professor” cousin. I say that with the utmost respect.
    It’s been almost 34 yrs. ago that I last saw Bill. I regret that deeply.
    Ruth and family, he, as well as you all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.
    My Love and condolences,
    Cousin John “Todd” Gronemeyer

  19. Vic and Nancy Mondello says:

    Dear Ruth, Our deepest sympathy to you and your Family at this most difficult time. Be assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers. With Love and in Friendship, Nancy and Vic

  20. Bev and Bob Herbel says:

    Ruthie, Eric, Michael, Jacob and Family,

    Our sincere sympathy is with you at this time. We are so sorry to hear about Bill passing on. May you find the strength to carry on and remember all those wonderful memories with him in your lives. We love you all.

    Bev (O’Reilly) and Bob Herbel

  21. Elaine and Colton Bailey says:

    Jake and family,

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your dad will live on in his children and grandchildren. May he be the angel that watches over his grandchildren!

    Elaine and Colton [Rambo] Bailey

  22. Susan (Taylor) Gasser says:

    Dear Ruth, Eric, Michael, and Jacob (& families), So sorry to hear of your loss of your husband/ father. I remember that Bill was a very devoted/loving dad to his sons when they were quite little. You will be remembered in my prayers. May God Bless and bring you peace.

    Sue (Taylor) Gasser

  23. Louise and Peter says:

    Bill was more like a force of nature. He was kind and good-hearted, intelligent and with a sense of humor that wouldn’t quit. Knowing him as well as we did the stories could go on for hours. The world was better place with him in it, and his legacy will live on through the future generations.
    Ruthie and all the Gronemeyers know how important he was to us, and very much we will miss him.

  24. Kim Follenweider says:

    I didn’t know Bill but I am best friends with his sister, Sharon. I know he will be missed by his friends and family. From the post that I have read and knowing his parents and his sister, I’m sorry I never got to meet him or remember him from school in Odebolt. Bill sounds like a wonderful, talented and loving man. May your family find peace, comfort and courage in the days ahead. God Bless. Kim

  25. Ed Dokus says:

    Dear Ruth and family.
    I am both saddened and surprised to hear of Bill’s passing. I have known him many years and shared many Ideas and thoughts with him regarding the many fields of interest we both shared. He was a man after my own heart. It’s somehow comforting to know that his departure was peaceful and quiet, knowing the many struggles he had to face in his lifetime.. Indeed. he was a valiant warrior. A fine example and inspiration to all who knew him. Please accept my heart felt sympathies.

  26. Jeanne Roscigno says:

    Dear Ruth,
    I just wanted to give you my deepest sympathies for the loss of Bill & tell you how truly sorry I am and so very sad for your family. I know that he had been through so much lately & to lose his life at such a young age, it is just so tragic.
    I wanted to send you my love & support & know that I am keeping you all in my prayers. I pray that you will find comfort in all of the thoughts & prayers of your friends & family.
    My sincerest thoughts & sympathies are with you and all of your family at this very difficult time.
    Jeanne Roscigno

  27. Cheryl Boney Soelberg says:

    I graduated with Bill from the Odebolt-Arthur class of 1965. Although he was not in my classes, I always thought he seemed to be an easy-going, smart guy. My sympathies to all of you.

  28. Cheryl Sellstrom Moe says:

    I was also a classmate of Bill… all the way from kindergarten to graduation. He did provide entertainment for us at times. I think he also had some of the teachers wondering what to do with him as he had them wondering what was going on. He was definitely his own person. Just before our last class reunion I called him to encourage him to come, but he said he wasn’t able to. I was hoping that we would see him at our 50th reunion. My sympathy to the entire family. Hold on to the memories.

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