109. Coe John Kroese II was born on 7 November 1932 on the family farm in the Pella community, rural Adams, Lancaster County, Nebraska. He graduated in 1950 from Cook High School, in Cook, Johnson County, Nebraska.41 He spent the next year working with his father on the family farm and then entered the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska. He graduated in June of 1955 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Commission as a second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He competed Basic Pilot training at the US Air Force training center in Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas which is located in the Rio Grande Valley and Advanced (jet pilot) Training at Bryan Air Force Base near College Station, Brazos County, Texas. Following completion of training he was assigned to Furstenfeldbruch Air Base near Munich, Germany as an Instructor Pilot teaching students from many NATO countries and the rejuvenated German "Luft Waffe". One of his students was the second highest German Ace out of WWII, Luft Waffe Major Erich Hartmann, who had recently been returned from Russian Prisons.
He graduated in 1955 from the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.
Coe John Kroese II and Donna Ruth Heinz were married on 26 June 1955 in Fairmont, Fillmore County, Nebraska. They started married life in the United States Air Force and continued in the service for twenty four years serving at various Air Force bases around the world. They live in Texas in 2001 in retirement. Donna Ruth Heinz, daughter of August Albert Heinz and Matie Alvina Heinz*, was born on 3 November 1932 in Sutton, Clay County, Nebraska. She graduated from Fairmont Public Schools, in Fairmont, Fillmore County, Nebraska. After graduation she began her teaching career in a country school teaching grades one through Eight. She then attended the University of Nebraska for two years and taught a year in the Lincoln Public School System in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska before her Air Force travels began. She taught school in McAllen, Texas, she raised three sons to school age. She completed her BS degree from the University of Nebraska while Coe was in Vietnam. She then taught for six years in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland public school system, five years in Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii at a parochial school that they helped get started, two years in Annandale, Virginia public schools followed by thirteen years back in the Lincoln Public School System in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska before retirement.
Coe John Kroese II and Donna Ruth Heinz had the following children: