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Larry D. Griesbach, 67, Mackville, passed away on May 2, 2013 as the result of a tragic farm accident. Larry was born on September 30, 1945 in the Town of Center to the late William and Margaret (Diermeier) Griesbach. He was a 1963 graduate of Hortonville High School. Larry married Sandy Suprise on September 16, 1972 at Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hortonville. They were happily married and enjoyed farming together for 40 years. Larry was a loving, caring and humble husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with family and especially enjoyed time with his grandson Landyn (our little "Farmer John") and showing him around the farm.
When Larry was six years old, someone asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he replied "I want to be a dairy farmer". In his 20's, he purchased the Griesbach Family Farm which had been in his family for over 100 years. He had a passion for raising and caring for their registered dairy cattle. It was his mission to produce the best quality milk anyone could buy. When Larry had "free time", he enjoyed planting trees on his property and walking through the woods he had created over the years. He also enjoyed the wildlife that had found sanctuary amongst the trees he had planted. Other interests included reading farm magazines, cheering on the Badgers and Packers with Sandy and his daily morning greeting from the cats.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Sandy, daughter Kelly (special friend Dustin) Griesbach, son Kevin (special friend Crystal) Griesbach, grandson Landyn Zernicke-Griesbach, sisters Germaine (Tom) Metko and Verna Van Nuland, brothers Vernon (Janet) Griesbach, Willard "Bill" (Pat) Griesbach and Clem (Roseann) Griesbach, brothers-in-law Al Sturm and Harry (Sally) Van Nuland, Sandy's family, sisters-in-law, Pat Trittin and Margene Fassbender, brothers-in-law Ron (Stella) Suprise, Tim Suprise and Larry Fassbender as well as nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marilyn Sturm, Sandy's parents, Kenneth and Margaret Suprise and brother-in-law Rick Trittin.
Friends may call at St. Edward Catholic Church, N2926 State Highway 47 in Mackville on Monday from 2-6 pm. Memorial Mass at the church at 6:00 pm with Fr. Dan Felton officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.valleyfh.com
The family would like to thank all the brothers, nephews, hired help and friends who helped Larry with the farm and field work throughout the years. Also thank you to the family, friends and neighbors as well as the Town of Center Fire Department and First Responders who came to assist us at our time of need. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established.
"Larry, Every day we will always enjoy the beauty of the woods you have created for our family. You will always be missed and loved forever." Sandy, Kelly "Scooter", Kevin and Landyn
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, WI 54911
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on May 5, 2013