Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Dr. Virgil Grunkemeyer

Dr. Virgil R. Grunkemeyer, 86, of Rockford, IL passed Friday, January 19, 2018. Born December 25, 1931 in Brookville, IN son of Frank and Rose (Gallagher) Grunkemeyer.

He attended 2yrs of H.S. at St. Meinrad Seminary, then entered the military and achieved a rank of Master Sargent E-7. Virgil attained a dual degree in Business Management and Business Education from Indiana University. His masters and Ed.D were earned from Ball State University for Elementary Education and Educational Administration. He was a teacher, principal, professor of Education at Bradley University for 23 years, and superintendent later in life.

 He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed boating, swimming and gardening and was blessed to be married for 46 years.
Virgil is survived by his wife Wanita (Dossett) Rockford, IL; sons, Brian and Roger Grunkemeyer both of Seattle, WA; daughters Angela Grunkemeyer, Englewood, CO; Dr. Monica (John) Martens, Naperville, IL; grandchildren Samantha, Claire, and Daisy Martens, Naperville, IL. Preceded by his parents; sister, Florence Grunkemeyer; grandson, John Will Martens.