erikErik Kristoffer Grout, 37, of College Station passed away peacefully Saturday April 18,2009. A Memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday May 12, 2009 at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station.

Erik was born in Lompoc, CA on April 5, 1972 to Ronald and Lis Grout. His early childhood was spent in Solvang, CA, Bergen, Norway, and Denmark. Later the family moved back to California followed by years in Houston and then College Station.

Erik graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station. He was honorably discharged after proudly serving 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps with most of his service as a Light Armored Vehicle crewman attached to Bravo Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LAR). While attached to 1st LAR, Erik participated in joint UN humanitarian operations in Somalia and Rwanda. His awards include the Rifle Expert Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, United Nations Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Erik also completed the Networking Technologies Program at SMU School of Engineering. In 2006, Erik graduated from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston. Erik had a wonderful outgoing personality and he never met a stranger. He was a loving son and brother and adored uncle. He leaves behind many friends and will be remembered as a faithful and caring buddy.

His military service in Africa left lasting effects on his life and also the lives of his family. He faced the resulting complications bravely and we are proud of him in this struggle. Survivors include his parents Ronald and Lis Grout of College Station; sister and brother in law, Kirsten and Greg Ward of Austin and their young children Thomas and Jonathan, and extended family in Denmark and California. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to A&M United Methodist Church “Van Fund”. 417 University Dr. College Station, TX 77840