“Being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from that state,” according to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame website. “Since the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s inception in 1927, 662 accomplished individuals have received this commendation. The names of the Hall of Fame members, as well as busts and portraits of these individuals, can be seen at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. In addition, the inductees are recognized on granite monuments in the Heritage Plaza at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.”
Groendyke, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Groendyke Transport, Inc., currently serves on the board of trustees for Wentworth Military Academy and College.
Groendyke also serves on the OG&E Energy Board of Directors and the board of National Tank Truck Carriers. He is also serving his sixth term as Commissioner of District #8 for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. He serves as a trustee for the Oklahoma Chapter of The Natures Conservancy, currently serving as a chairman, and is a member of the board of directors of the Grand National Quail Foundation and Grand National Quail Club.
John Groendyke arrived on the Wentworth Military Academy campus as a 13-year-old student in 1957. He attended Wentworth for seven years, graduating high school in 1962 and junior college in 1964. He attained the cadet rank of Colonel and was the brigade commander of the Wentworth Corps of Cadets.
“We are very proud of John and this honor that has been bestowed upon him,” said Colonel Mike Lierman, Wentworth President and Superintendent. “We appreciate all of the support Mr. Groendyke has given to Wentworth through the years. He has truly “Achieved the Honorable” in his life.”
While attending Wentworth, Groendyke lettered in basketball, football and track. A highly decorated cadet, he was awarded the Burr Medal for Service, Leadership and Loyalty, the Ralph Conger Memorial Sportsmanship Award, the Sons of the American Revolution Medal, and the Henry Fox Award for leadership in ROTC. Groendyke was inducted in the Wentworth Athletic Hall of Fame and awarded the Stephen G. Wentworth Award in 1993.