GREBASCH, CDR Alfred J. USNR (Ret.), 92, of Mechanicsville, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Marian F. Grebasch; his son, Robert (Colleen); his grandson, Justin; and his daughter, Patricia. Al was born in Chicago, Illinois, June 22, 1920, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941, and was appointed Midshipman to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he graduated in December 1943. He was then assigned to the USS (AKA-11) as a Deck Officer and participated in the D-Day Invasion in Southern France. His ship was then ordered to the Pacific, where he took part in the invasion of Okinawa. He was later assigned to the Tanker Canesteo and served as its first navigator. When he was placed in the active reserve status in April 1946, he joined Swift & Company and was assigned in sales to Hampton, Va., and later to Richmond, Va. In 1948, he joined Pohlig Bros. Paper Box Company, where he became V.P. of sales. In 1950, Al joined the Active Naval Reserve; for three years he served as C.O. of Surface Division 5-17 and for three years, served as C.O. of Inshore Undersea Warfare Division 5-2. Al retired from the Navy in 1970 as a full commander. While in Richmond, Al actively recruited new members in the early years of the Central Richmond Association. He held many offices at Bethlehem Lutheran Church including president Bible Class Teacher, young adult director and school board member. He was a longtime member of Capital District International Lutheran Laymen's League and an active member of the Gideons. Al enjoyed the great outdoors including, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting and camping. In his later years he became an adequate golfer. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 6, between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Rd., where funeral services will be held Thursday, February 7, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gideons or an organization of your choice.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.