William Vincent Gromowsky, Jr., 66, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Central Church of Christ, 1401 S. Madison, with Bret McCasland officiating. Private Family Only Graveside services will be at 3:00 PM in Bovina Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 6:30 PM Tuesday at Cox-Rowley Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.
William, Jr., known as ‘Wid’ to close friends and affectionately called ‘Widdy’ by his family, was born in Clovis, New Mexico on January 12, 1955, to William and Kathryn Gromowsky.
He graduated from Bovina High School in 1973 and spent his youth and early adult years working on the family farm near Hub, where he undoubtedly learned that ‘a job worth doing is worth doing right,’ which he reminded those who knew him - often by repeating the adage - but always by showing it through his example.
After graduating from West Texas State University in 1986, William lived in Hereford, and later in Canyon. William took delight in preparing breakfast for his three young daughters, something he continued to enjoy every chance he got even after they were adults. A conversation with him quickly turned to an update on each of them, proudly presented and relayed with joy.
He began working for Texas Farm Bureau Insurance in 1988 and remained employed as District Claims Manager for the Amarillo district at the time of his death. William cherished his many friends and co-workers made throughout his 33-year career, and they became members of his extended family.
In 2003, he transferred to Abilene, where he met Christy. They were married in 2004, and William was proud to add her two sons to his family tree. That same year, William was transferred back to Amarillo. He and Christy were active members of Central Church of Christ where they served as small group hosts, and William earned the nickname “Sunshine” as a one-man handshake committee to everyone who crossed his path. William was supportive in his work with the non-profit organization, Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs, and he and Christy hosted that organization’s monthly alumnus dinner for several years.
William found great pleasure in yard work, playing cards, and sharing his gift of hospitality. He freely gave of his time and resources to help friends, family, neighbors, and strangers alike.
He is preceded in death by his son Sterling Jones; and - as he often referred to her - his ‘awesome mother,’ Kathryn.
He is survived by his wife, Christy; his daughters Sara Nickson and husband Scott of Amarillo, Brette Draper and husband Cody of Amarillo, and Maj Abby Gromowsky (USAF) of Honolulu, Hawaii; his son Taylor Jones and wife Kasey of Amarillo; his father, William, Sr., of Friona; and his sisters, Jan Smith and husband Steve of Sudan, and Jyl Grimsley and husband Jayson of Friona. He adored his grandchildren, Sydney, Olivia, Jack, Ryan, and Cooper, and will be fondly remembered by his aunts & uncles and scores of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to express their undying gratitude to the staff at Vibra LTACH for their care of Wid during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Central Church of Christ Missions Fund, 1401 S. Madison, Amarillo, Texas 79101.
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