Erik Kristoffer Grout

Erik 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


  1. I know what a loss you feel when you lose a child.
    You have my deepest sympathy and
    my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May God bless you.

  2. Our heart is heavey for your loss.May The Lord give you peace and strength.
    Jeff and Marsha Sanford

  3. Ron, Lis,
    We are sorry to learn of your desvastating loss of Erik. Hope you’re doing well.

    Barry – Nita

  4. Working with Erik a few months ago was a blast. Being around him left no dull moments! I’m so sorry he’s gone. Thinking of you so very much, Lis and Ron.

    Charlie – MiChal Hall

  5. We are so sorry for your loss. Erik will be deeply missed. Last night we talked about all the fun times we had with him, how he always had a story or joke to share.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am sorry I didn’t get to College Station more often to spend more time with Erik lately. He will be missed greatly. I can say with a smile, he definitely made an impact on my life. He is definitly one of the good guys. His laughter and smile will be embedded in my head forever. Rest in Peace my friend.


  7. I don’t know what to say. I am having a hard time with this. Erik was truly one of the best friends I have ever had in my life. We always greeted each other with our Marine Corps sayings…he would say ‘what’s up warrior’ and I would respond ‘not much Teufel Heuden’ We had alot of great times together; 15 years of laughter and good times or just cheering each other up and keeping in good spirits. I don’t know that I can find another friendship like the one we shared. I love him and his family as if they are my own. I will miss Erik dearly.

  8. Ron, Lis and Kirsten – I am so sorry to hear about your loss. If there is anything I can do please, please call me. Erik was such a fun and caring person. He will be greatly missed.

  9. I was devastated to hear that you lost Erik. I know it must be a very difficult time for you right now. I hope that in time your hearts are filled more with the memory of the joy and laughter Erik brought than the pain of his loss. My prayers are thoughts are with you.

  10. Wow, i dont know where to start!! I still cant believe this, or i dont wanna believe it i guess!! I have known Eric for almost 10 years now, and anybody that really knew Eric, Knows that he had a heart as big as a lion, he always had a way to make you smile!! Eric was definitely one of a kind person and friend, You will be missed dearly my friend, with lots of love!!!

    Sani Saqr

  11. Dear Lis, Ron and Kirsten:

    Mom called me with the terrible news last night. I don’t know what to say, except that my heart is breaking for you. We are in a state of shock and thinking of you and wishing there is something we can do this help you with this stunning loss. Please call on us for anythng.

    Much love, Laurie

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss. Ron has been a great friend and supported me when my father passed – please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you and your family. My prayers are with you.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come. Please let me know if there is anything I or my family can do for you. Take care,…Cesar

  14. To the Grout Family: Please accept my condolences on the loss of your son, Erik. Erik and I had the pleasure of working together in Austin. He was an outstanding young man and one I took great admiration in. Being the wife of a USMC SSGT, I took pride in Erik

  15. Ron – Lis,

    Eve and I would like to pass along our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We hope that your love for Erik and his love for you will be the comfort that aides you during such a difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.

    Sam McLelland – Eve Arnold

  16. Dear Mariner,
    sweet Stoffer,
    We in Denmaek were all greatly grieved to learn that you had fallen out that early.
    We thank you and salute you and will always be missing you!
    Until we meet again; fare with God!
    On behalf of your Danish family:
    Uncle Kaj. / Sg. 2/ III / 5.R DK.

  17. My dear friend and favorite cousin Erik Kristoffer, I will always miss you. The biggest stars are always taken from us too early. I am thankful of the times we had together. Your laughter and the memories we had will forever be with me in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with Ron, Lis, Kirsten and her two boys Thomas and Jonathan. See you in heaven, your cousin from Denmark, Rolla.

  18. Ron – Lis – this is such a beautiful tribute and all these loving words shared by family and friends. I miss Erik so much already. Sunday mornings are just not the same without him there to give either you or me a hard time about something. He loved to tease us, didn’t he, Lis? I know that he is with our loving Lord, but my heart aches over his absence and for your great loss my dear friends.
    With love and prayers – Laurinda

  19. Whoa, I just read in the paper of the terrible news. Erik would come into our shop and get his haircut. Great guy, always up beat and really nice. He will be greatly missed. He was very proud of his family, and very proud to be in the U.S. Marine Corps. My prayers and deepest condolences to all his family and friends.

  20. Ron – Lis, I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Erik was always a great neighbor and always willing to help out with anything. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Leslie Kacer

  21. Ron – Lis, We were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Erik always had a smile on his face and a kind word. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless, Marvin – Marti Kacer

  22. Ron, Lis, and Kirsten please accept my deepest condolences on your sudden tragic loss.

    I don

  23. Erik’s 30th birthday was also my first date with Shane! Shane told me on our drive to Austin that I was about to meet some of his best friends and I soon learned why. Erik was fun, protective and honest and it didn’t take long before we developed our own bond. Every time I saw him he would put his arm around me and lean in to say ‘you understand me don’t you? You and I are just the same.’ I took that as a compliment knowing how Erik cared and wanted others to know it. I find peace knowing he can finally rest his own heart as I’ll hold his smile in mine forever. May God bless Erik and his family.

  24. I know you are Danish, but I need to end with the Irish Blessing that my mom always tells me…it’s important to me and feel it should be said about Erik!

    May the Road Rise to Meet You.
    May the Wind Always be at Your Back.
    May the Sun Shine Warm Upon Your Face, The Rains Fall Soft Upon Your Fields.
    And Until We Meet Again, May God Hold You In The Palm of His Hand…

  25. Erik was one of the most unique individuals I have ever called my friend. It’s been a few years, but this is a guy you never forget. His non-stop stories, impersonations, and one-liners could keep everyone in the room cracking up for hours. He was a Patriot, a gentleman, and a loyal friend. Erik, I will remember you with that signature smile on your face and a laugh in your voice. Rest in peace my friend. CC

  26. It was with huge sadness that we learned Erik passed away from his family.
    We would like to express our deepest condolences and our thoughts are with Eriks closest family and relatives.
    We are with the family in our thoughts and mind through these hard times.

    From the Family in Denmark

  27. Occasionally,we are fortunate enough to have people in our lives that have a positive influence on us. Erik was just that kind of person and through him I learned how to laugh more. Our paths crossed at Commonwealth Inst. of Funeral Service and ultimately we developed a unique friendship.

    I take comfort in knowing that a part of him will continue to live through his family and his friends. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May God be with you and give you strength today and the days that lie ahead.

  28. With deepest sympathy,

    Stuart Moen, Dean of Academics
    Commonwealth INstitute of Funeral Service

  29. Ron,Lis and Kristen,
    We are sorry to learn about your loss of Erik. Words can not express our feelings. You are in our thought and prayers.

  30. To express our deep sympathy to you on your loss. We thank Erik for serving our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Because of Erik – other young men – women we have our freedom in this great country. May God’s Speed Be With You Leatherneck. ‘Semper Fi’.

  31. I really enjoyed our time hanging out in College Station. Your personality and your ability to make friends with anyone and everyone was truly amazing! You had a unique way of always making people smile and laugh. You were an incredibly fun person to be around because of it, always entertaining! You were a living legend and now your legend will carry on through the many people’s lives you touched along the way! Thanks for the memories! I am truly sorry we lost touch over the years! You will be missed my friend!

  32. Teufel Heuden, this is Warrior with one final transmission: May you rest in peace brother. We are Oscar Mike!!

    Semper Fidelis! and Godspeed!

  33. Ron and Lis:
    Erik was a wonderful guy, with such a friendly smile and warm and engaging personality that you couldn

  34. Dearest Lis,
    Your such an awesome lady and a very loving mother. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your loving family.
    Blessings Always,

  35. Semper Fi Devil Dog. My family and I will be praying for your soul in heaven and for your family.

  36. I am so saddened by your loss of Erik during such a vibrant time of his young life. I will miss seeing him play soccer with Thomas and Jonathan in my driveway and chasing them around our little circle drive. He’s left a huge hole in everyone’s heart but eventually you’ll be able to smile when you think about all the love that was shared because of his life.

    Big hugs, Mo

  37. To my wonderful big brother.I love you so much erik and always will be thinking of the charater you are.I promise you that your little Svendt and Thomas will always hear stories about you and will do my best to keep their memories of you in their minds and hearts forever.They know their uncle ‘Carrot’ and still speak of you .All the funny memories I have of you ,and being my buddy growing up together.Thank you for always watching out for me and for all the love you shared with my children. You were the best jungle gym ever.Never had I seen anything that could bring a smile to your face like your two nephews.You were a great uncle!Had you stayed on Earth longer I would have loved to see our Svendt grow taller than you….ha!I will always remember the good times and laughs we had together and all the fun we had giving mom and dad a hard time.That was so our job,huh? I love you and they say you are the company you keep.When I saw all those wonderful kind people at your service I am so proud to be your sis.I always loooked up to you and wanted to be close. I know you are in a better place now and I knowyou are in so many hearts .You left such a beautiful imprint of your huge heart and kindness here on so many.Try not to harrass too many angels Erik.I love you and will always be your sis.Rest in peace my big brother.I will connected with you in my heart forever!

  38. Dear Erik Kristoffer,
    I think of of you often my cousin.
    I came across a picture of you the other day. You visited us in Denmark in 2008 with your patents, my lovning uncle and aunt.
    In the picture you were smiling. You were wearing a bright red shirt. Coulorfull.
    You look happy. You had been to Strøget, the walkingstreet in Copenhagen where you had countless numbers of hotdogs and Faxe Kondi sodas. Your favorite.
    You look satisfied.
    Your good mood was encouraging and your energy contagious. You were always genuinely interested in knowing how we were doing and you shared your experiences with us. You were fully present and you gave and you inspired.
    You were the same way when you were little and we played for weeks together in Borup, Denmark.
    You were busy all the time, came up with great ideas to play and the rest of us tried to keep up with you. It was fun.
    Erik I promise you, you will be in my soul and heart till the time I draw my last breath and it is my time to leave this way of live.
    I know that our souls will meet again. Love is all that matters, my dear beloved Erik,
    God bless you and your dear sister Kirsten and Mother and Father,
    your cousin Ingrid

  39. Erik, it has been over 10 years since you passed and 20 years since our friendship in College Station/Austin and I still have yet to meet anyone with as much energy as you! I can still hear that voice with those funny catch phrases. I wish we could catch up as “older and wiser” men and laugh at how crazy the times were. Glad you are at peace My Friend.


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