JULIUS S. (BUD) GRIESEL CROWN POINT, IN
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Julius S. (Bud) Griesel, 90, a lifelong resident of Crown Point, IN, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 11, 2013. He was preceded in death by parents, Julius J. and Lillian Griesel, father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Helen Finnerty; daughter, Michelle Griesel; brother-in-law, Michael Finnerty; and sister-in-law Patricia Myaghisima. He is survived by Judy, his devoted wife of 39 years; two grandchildren, Keirsten and Alexis; sister, Betty Jane Griesel; brothers-in-law, Tom (Brenda) Finnerty, John (Loretta) Finnerty, Jerry (Kim) Finnerty, Kevin (Brenda)Finnerty; sisters-in-law, Maureen (Bill) McMahon,Mary(Peter) Romcevich ; many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends and family in Ireland. Bud was also devoted to his fuzzy buddy Erin, his West Highland White Terrier. Bud was employed at Chicago Title Insurance Company for 32 years as a Public Relations Officer. He served in WWII and was a Prisoner of War and a Purple Heart recipient. He was extremely proud of his country and overjoyed at being a member of the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on August 7, 2013, as well as one of the first contributors to help make the WWII Memorial possible. Bud was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church and a devoted Choir Member. He was also a 60 year member of the Shriners, a Ranger at Oak Knoll Golf Course and had enjoyed golfing at 90% of Ireland's champion golf courses, a member of the American Legion and played trumpet with the Goldtones Combo Band for many years. Bud was a gentle man who loved people. He will be sorely missed by many. Funeral and memorial services will be held as per his wishes at a later date in County Galway, Ireland.
Published in The Times on Jan. 19, 2014