Robert "Bob" Arthur Kriese
OCT 27, 1922-SEPT 16, 2013
Bob Kriese, 90, passed away in his sleep Monday morning, September 16, 2013. He was born on October 27, 1922, to Arthur F. and Josephine Kriese at Robertson Hospital, 12th and J Street, Modesto. He lived in Modesto most of his life.
Bob graduated from Modesto High School in 1940 and attended Modesto Junior College until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He served at Merced Army Flying School and with the Army Transport Command in the Pacific Theater. He was very proud to have served his country and was discharged in 1946.
In 1947, he and Ray Knight formed a partnership and opened Sierra Woodcraft at Sierra Village, Tuolumne County. Their shop building is now the Sierra Village market. At that time, there weren't many people living in the mountains and the business didn't grow as they had hoped. In 1950, he returned to Modesto, worked for a time in the grocery business and then decided to join his father, brother and uncle in the family insurance business. He became a partner in Kriese, Haack & Kriese, an independent insurance agency. He worked for nearly 40 years in the family insurance agency and retired in 1988.
He is a past member of the Modesto Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a past board member of MoBand of Modesto. He served 3 years as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop #38, which was sponsored by the Modesto Junior Chamber of Commerce. He has been a longtime member of Centenary United
Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the Sportsmen of Stanislaus (SOS) Club. He is past president and charter member of the Modesto Four Wheelers Jeep Club. He has been a member of the Modesto Area A's, Model A Ford Club of America for 39 years and is a past president. He is a life member of American Legion Post #74 of Modesto. He is a life member of Modesto "500" Lions Club and been active for 50 plus years. He is a past president of Modesto "500" Lions Club and received the Melvin Jones Award and the Helen Keller Award. He is also a life member of the Lions Eye Foundation. He is a member of Masonic Lodge #206, Modesto; Aahmes Temple, Livermore; and the Scottish Rite, Stockton, Free and Accepted Masons.
He enjoyed metal detecting, woodworking and spending time at his mountain cabin at MiWuk Village, CA. He especially enjoyed making toys of wood. . . cars, logging trucks and airplanes. He loved to go deer hunting and fishing in "God's Country" - the Sierra Mountains.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 69years, Mae, and their two children, Jim(Dianne) Kriese and Sue(Jim) Smith, all of Modesto. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Greg(Bridgette)Kriese, Modesto; Maryanne(Cameron) Kroll, Turlock, and Trisha Smith, Modesto.
And he is survived by 5 great grandchildren: Hunter, Tyler and Kylie Kriese of Modesto and Isabelle and Jackson Kroll of Turlock. He was very proud of his family and loved them a lot. Also surviving him are his brother, Jack(Winnie) Kriese of Modesto and 2 sisters, Janice Carpenter of Corvallis, Oregon and JoAnn Gerfen of Santa Maria, CA. He also has many nephews and nieces that survive him. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Bernice Frantz of Arroyo Grande, CA.
Remembrances can be made in his memory to Lions Eye Foundation CA/NV, PO Box 7999, San Francisco, CA 94120, or any
Visitation will be at Franklin & Downs McHenry Chapel, 1050 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, Monday, September 23rd from 4PM to 7PM. Graveside Service will be at Acacia Memorial Park, corner of Scenic Drive and Bodem Street, Modesto, Tuesday, September 24th at 11AM.
Published in the Modesto Bee from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2013
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