AUBURNDALE - Mr. Albert J. Greulich, age 90 and a longtime Auburndale resident, died Friday, July 11, 2014.
Born in Lorain, Ohio on February 28, 1924, Al was the son of Albert and Faye Dixon Greulich. He attended Lorain County schools and graduated In 1942.
Al served his country in the U.S. Army's 247th Combat Engineers in World War II. He made the historic D-Day Invasion at Normandy on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
Following the war, Al attended Bowling Green State University and Hillsdale College where he attained a Bachelor's degree in Economics. Having spent time with his paternal grandmother in Sebring, Florida, Al began his teaching career in his beloved state of Florida in 1949. He began teaching in Auburndale in 1951 and at a faculty meeting, Al met the love of his life, Margaret Harley. In addition to his teaching career, Al owned and operated Auburndale Outboards from 1954-64. He retired after 33 years of teaching in 1983.
Al was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Auburndale where he served on the vestry. He was a past member and president of Auburndale Rotary Club and the VFW. Al and Margaret enjoyed 30 years of retirement when they were able to spend half the year in their Florida Keys home. They were active in the community of Layton where Al was a member of Kiwanis Club and served on the Code Enforcement Board. He was an avid fisherman and was able to enjoy his favorite activity while meeting new friends in the Keys and keeping old friendships in Auburndale.
Al was truly a family man. He was a loving and devoted husband to Margaret for over 61 years and a loving and devoted parent to Albert and Ellen and his grandchildren Julia and Ben.
Al was a friend to those he met and could be called a real "people person." He loved life and wanted others to as well. He enjoyed telling his family and friends to "Let the good times roll!"
Al was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Caroline J. Pratt. He is survived by his wife Margaret, son Albert, daughter Ellen, grandchildren Julia and Ben, sister Rosemary Greulich Balchak (Edward), and sister-in-law Katherine Harley Price.
Visitation will take place at 9:45 on Thursday at St. Alban's Episcopal Church Parish House. A Rite of Christian Burial will follow in the sanctuary at 10:30. Following a graveside service at Auburndale Memorial Park Cemetery, friends and family are invited to attend a light luncheon at St. Alban's Parish House.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alban's Episcopal Church.
Published in Ledger from July 15 to July 16, 2014