Joseph Fred “Freddie” Grobelnik, 75, Springfield died at 1:46 am, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at St. John’s Hospice. He was born June 3, 1938 in Springfield, IL to Fred and Eilene (Ramelow) Grobelnik. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda (Miller); one son Joseph Grobelnik of Springfield; three daughters, Jody Grobelnik of Springfield, Jamie Grobelnik of Lawrenceville, GA, and Julie (Kent) Leka of Lawrenceville, GA; four grandchildren, Katelyn, Emily, Ryan, and Evan Leka; one brother, Robert (Lillie) Grobelnik of Springfield; two sisters, Penny Bush and Joan Baker both of Springfield; one brother-in-law, Dick Micko; six nephews, Jim, Tim, Richard, Danny, Christopher, and Michael; seven nieces, Tammy, Tracy, Amy, Shannon, Brandy, Angie, and Misty; his fishing pal, Peggy Robinson and many relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Linda Micko.
Freddie spent nearly 30 years in the USAF and was a decorated Vietnam veteran. After retiring to Riverton, IL to be near his extended family, he then retired from the Tri-City school district. He loved to fish (producing fish tales), going to casinos (suspect jackpot stories), bowling (heckling his wife), country dancing (mostly watching) and looking for bargains at garage sales with his wife Rhonda.
He was an involved father, becoming a best friend to each of his children. He embraced his wife’s family as an extension of his own. Freddie was adored due to his love of teasing, playful wit, and the investment he made in his family and friends.
Papa Freddie will be forever missed but his legacy will live on through his grandchildren and the sharing of “all of those Freddie stories”. He was grateful for the spiritual guidance provided by Chaplin Sister Carol, Father Raphael, and Pastor Keith Masten.
Visitation: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with a service at 6 p.m. led by Pastor Keith Masten.
Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Monday, January 13, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home, with Reverend Raphael Paul DeMoreno officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SIU Community Support Network (CSN) or COPD Research.
“Remember when we said when we turned gray,
when the children grow up and move away,
we won’t be sad, we’ll be glad, for all the life we’ve had”
A celebration of life service will be held at 6 pm, with pastor Keith Masten