Marvin "Marv" Griess, age 93, of Hartington, Nebraska passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, Nebraska, with Reverend Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington, with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW Post 5283 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation is from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, with a rosary and vigil service at 3:30 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Marv's grandchildren.
Marvin was born November 3, 1924, in Crofton, Nebraska to Philip and Mabel (West) Griess. He grew up on a farm near Hartington and graduated from Liberty High School in 1942. He enlisted in the Navy serving in the 83rd 2nd Battalion during World War II. He spent most of his term of service in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. He continued to support the local VFW as Commander and honor guard member.
Marvin met Kathleen (Ketz) Goeden and they married on June 14, 1948. He started his career as a telephone lineman moving on to the Hartington Post Office in 1954. Marvin also started a television sales & repair business, keeping him and his nine children busy on evenings and weekends (the kids could all install a TV antenna). Marvin retired from the post office as Postmaster in 1990. After "retirement" he continued to travel the area delivering auto parts. Ketz thought he needed something to keep him "out of trouble".
Marvin was active in the Hartington community. He believed Hartington was a great place to live and raise a family. Some of the ways he exemplified this were by; serving as Post Commander in the VFW club and on the Honor Guard, as well as on the board of the Hartington Golf Course.
Marvin enjoyed golf, bowling, traveling and spending time with family. He would often sing goofy songs and share stories with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. From a very young age, his children fondly remember taking long car trips to Colorado (seat belts optional). The tradition of taking a family vacation continues today. For the last twenty years, Marv and Ketz shortened winter and met wonderful people with travel to Texas and Arizona.
Survivors include his nine children: Susan Wiggins of Omaha, Nebraska; Sally (Gene) Lienemann of Omaha; Sharon Griess of Omaha; Jim (Robin) Griess of Omaha; Jeff (Barb) Griess of Grand Island, Nebraska; Ron (Jill) Griess of Yankton, South Dakota; Joni (Doug) Stevens of Fordyce, Nebraska; Nancy Feilmeier and Eric of Hartington; Lori (John) Bargstadt of Omaha; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; his brother, Dean Griess of Aurora, Colorado. Marvin is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen on August 26, 2015; parents, Philip and Mabel (West) Griess; brother, Delbert; sisters, Lynetta & Joyce; son-in-law, Larry Wiggins; and daughter-in-law, Jean Griess.
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My deepest sympathy and prayers. May good memories help ease the pain of your loss. I have fond memories of how he and Don enjoyed meeting at Delmontico's. God Bless.
So sorry for your loss. May your memories give you comfort.
Denise Lammers Webbert
With my thoughts and prayers, Mavin will be remembered at all masses here at St Anthony's this weekend
Fr Garry Welsh
our deepest sympathies You are in our prayers
Ken abd Phyllis Meier
I believe Marv fixed every TV we had ever owned. Marv was a wonderful man. Our sympathy to the whole Griess family.
Mark Schieffer and family
It is our prayer that each of you may experience the comfort and peace that only Jesus can give at this time and always.
Roberta Hoesing and family
My deepest sympathy for your loss. We loved Uncle Marv very much.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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