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Darrell L. Groenewold

August 27, 1931 February 2, 2018
Darrell L. Groenewold
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Obituary for Darrell L. Groenewold

Darrell L. Groenewold, age 86, a longtime resident of Naperville, IL, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2018 at Silverado Care Community of Naperville. He was born on August 27, 1931 in Hastings, NE.

Darrell is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Janice (nee Hemphill); his loving children, Glen Groenewold of Downers Grove, IL, Kathryn J. (Ronald) Dunagan of Tarpon Springs, FL, Annette E. Gray of Lancaster, PA and Laurie A. (Jon) Osier of Billings, MT; his cherished grandchildren, Anthony and Andrew Groenewold, Alec and Ean Dunagan, Davis, Kieran, Nolan and Erin Gray, Acacia Osier; and his sister-in-law, Dee Stitt of Hastings, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Myrtle Groenewold; his sister, Opal Linden and brother, Carl Groenewold.

Darrell was born on his family's farm located in Hastings, Nebraska. Although agriculture would not be his calling, the farm held a special place in his heart, and has remained in the family to date. After marrying his hometown sweetheart, Janice, he relocated to the Chicagoland area, settling in the western suburbs where they raised their four children together. He owned and operated several businesses, developed real estate, and worked as a wholesale broker in the automotive industry.

Darrell was a talented pianist, who entertained family and friends by playing classical music, as well as ragtime greats by Scott Joplin and Zez Confrey.

His spirit of adventure and commitment to fitness lead him to what would become his passion for long-distance cycling. His numerous rides included a route from Chicago to Key West, a North to South coastal ride along the Pacific Ocean in California, and numerous years of participation in RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. Weekly and bi-weekly rides with a local cycling club were a source of enjoyment, as well as training, for many years. Darrell will be missed by his family and friends.

For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Darrell’s life, memorial donations to Calvary Church Missions would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel at Calvary Church of Naperville 9S200 IL-59 Naperville, IL 60564. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Calvary Church Missions, 9S.200 State Route 59, Naperville, IL 60564


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