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William Henry Grosskopf Jr. of Greenwood, Del., died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford, Del. He was 83.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1928, in Bronx, N.Y., son of the late William H. Sr. and Anna Weber Grosskopf.
Bill enlisted with the U.S. Army at age 16, going first to Germany where he served as an interpreter, participated in the liberating forces of Dachau and interrogated POWs. He later served in the Korean War as a driver with Company B armored tank division and was awarded two purple hearts. Bill's tenure with the Army took him next to Fort Knox, Ky., for seven years as a drill instructor, then to Vietnam, serving in the infantry and finally as a supply sergeant. He retired as a Staff Sergeant after devoting 24 years of service to his country.
After retirement from the military, Bill held positions at separate times with the Capitol Hill Police and in security at the Naval Research Lab, both in D.C., and as a postal worker in Virginia.
He was a 21-year member and former commander of American Legion Post 210 in Poteau.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Grosskopf, a step-son, Robert Walker and a son-in-law, John Hoffman.
He is survived by a son, William Grosskopf and his wife Ruth of Fredericksburg, Va.; a daughter, Anne Collier and her husband Jack of Oakland, Me.; a stepson, James Walker of Brandon, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Susan Hoffman of Gaithersburg, Md., and Margaret Walker Simmons and her husband Randy of Greenwood, Del.; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2012, in the Fort Myers Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Burial with military honors will follow.
Arrangements handled by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.
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