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Obit: Arnljot J. Granheim

Posted: 13 Jul 2004 9:30AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 21 Aug 2008 5:24PM GMT
Surnames: Granheim

Arnljot J. Granheim, Lt. Col USAF (Ret)
Born in Chicago, IL on May 16, 1922
Died Mar. 31, 2004 and resided in San Antonio, TX.

Visitation: Sunday Apr. 4, 2004
Funeral Home: Porter Loring Mortuary
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Arnljot J. Granheim, Lt. Col USAF (Ret) age 81, died March 31, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Betty L. Granheim, daughter Signe Roseler of Augsburg Germany, and sons Eric, Hans and Olaf of Texas.

Arnljot was born on May 16, 1922 in Chicago, IL and spent his childhood in Binford, North Dakota.

In 1942 he hitchhiked home to obtain his father’s signed underage release for military duty in WWII. Arnljot received flight training in a single engine, open cockpit Stearman Biplane and later flew the AT-6, C-47 transport, and the B-26 fighter-bomber. He also flew a CG-4A Glider in the first airborne invasion of Germany in 1944- “Operation Varsity.”

Following the war, Arnljot received both a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Civil Engineering degrees from the University of Oklahoma. After serving in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and following assignments in Alaska, New Mexico and Hawaii, Arnljot retired from his last duty station at Kelly AFB in San Antonio. He then began employment with the Texas Dept. of Health as a Registered Professional Engineer. Off duty hours were devoted to family seashore trips in Hawaii and camping and fishing trips in New Mexico and Texas.

Retirement years were spent motorcycling, and RV’ing with Betty. Engaging with fellow model train enthusiasts was a passion in his final years.

The Granheim family is extremely grateful for the care and compassion given by the attending staff at Wilford Hall Medical Center and VNA Hospice of South Texas.

Honorary pallbearers: Bernard Peterson, Dr. Francis H. McCullough, Charles Carlson, Earnest Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, San Antonio, P.O. Box 15348, San Antonio, TX 78212.

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