Hermanus Antonie Johanes Greutink
Hermanus Antonie Johannes Greutink of Tyler passed away March 1, 2013, at the age of 85. He was born July 31, 1927, to Hendricks Jan Greutink and Christina Van de Meer Greutink in Lochem, the Netherlands.
At the end of World War II he completed his education and attended the University in Enschade, The Netherlands, after which he served two years in the Royal Dutch Navy. He then went to work in Saudi Arabia for the Aramco Co., where he lived for seven years. He immigrated to the United States and went to work for Johnston Pump Co. in Southern California where he lived and worked for 40 years, becoming a vice president of the company and its technical director. In 1988 the company relocated to Brookshire, where he lived until his retirement at age 70. His job required that he travel the world and he had many friends and colleagues around the globe. Herman was in many professional groups and amassed several professional awards and commendations over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hendricks Jan and Christina Henrietta Greutink; sisters, Hendricka Voskamp and Wilhelmine Van Nieuwenhoven. He is survived by his wife, Eukie Brown Greutink; two daughters, Marijka McCarthy, of Denver, Colo., and Christina Greutink, of Riverside, Calif.; brother, Antonie Greutink, of Lochem, the Netherlands; his stepchildren, Ken Garrett, of Tyler, Debra Garrett Addington, of Red River, N.M., Kevin Garrett Bolan, of Red River, N.M., Melissa Garrett Joint, of Bath, N.Y. He leaves behind several grandchildren, nephews and nieces in Holland, friends and colleagues across the country and around the world.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be on Saturday, March 16, at Kilgore First Christian Church, 609 Main St., Kilgore. Service will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kilgore First Christian Church and the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County.