Fifth Generation


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 then served a six year tour of duty in the Strategic Air Command flying B52 bombers, including over 30 Airborne Alert missions (24-48 hours duration) during the Cuban Missile Crisis time frame. This involved orbiting over the Polar region, or over the Eastern Mediterranean Sea with multiple nuclear weapons for targets behind the Iron Curtain. -- A very tense time.
He applied for admittance to the Air Force Institute of Technology degree program at Texas A&M University. He was accepted and graduated with an MBA with a Computer Option in January 1967.
He decided to return to aircraft pilot duty and competed an eight month Transition Training Course for F4 Fighter Aircraft. His next duty site was a one year tour in Southeast Asia at CamRhanBay and DaNang, Vietnam. His tour included 217 combat missions (333 hours) of which 47 missions were into North Vietnam. He received combat related decorations including a Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and thirteen Air Medals.
Following his tour of duty in Vietnam he received United States Air Force computer related assignments. He served six years at the US Air Force Command Post at the Pentagon, five years at Pacific Air Force Headquarter at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii where he assumed responsibility as the Single Manager of Pacific Air Force computer systems and one year back at the Air Force Data Services Center at the Pentagon. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel with 24 years active service in June 1979. Following military retirement he worked one year for an Engineering and Systems Consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia before returning to Nebraska to be near aging parents. He found employment at Lincoln Telephone Company, Data Processing Department and remained there for thirteen years before retiring in 1993.

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.
After retirement Coe and Donna were commissioned by the Evangelical Free Church in Lincoln, Nebraska to a two-year Missions commitment in Japan. They both taught English at three Evangelical Free Churches north of Tokyo as an outreach to the local communities. They taught about 120 students each week, ages 5 to 81. Upon their return to the United States they moved to Corinth, a suburb of Denton, Denton County, Texas. They are members of the Denton Bible Church and active in their, International Student Ministries, mission program. They have made Mission trips to Mongolia and Romania to introduce a Seminary level Bible Training Course.

Coe John Kroese II and Donna Ruth Heinz had the following children:

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Coe Douglas "Doug" Kroese.

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Jeffrey Heinz Kroese.

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Gregg Alan Kroese.