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Greg of Akron (Grego)

Greg died Thursday April 5, 2007 at Barberton Hospital.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. June 22, 1940, son of Frederick and Kathryn Pussehl.

He leaves a son, Greg (Brigitte) Pussehl of California; beloved brother of, Mary (Jim) Natalli of Sagamore Hills, Andrea Skillcorn of Solon, and Judy (Jack) Betts of Missouri; grandchildren, Connor and Cameron; several nieces and nephews.

Greg was famous for the painting of custom vans in the 70's as well as race cars, glass etchings, motorcycles and art that is currently displayed in restaurants throughout Portage Lakes,Pennsylvania, and Florida. He was known by many and had several longtime friends who were by his side until his death. He loved and lived in Portage Lakes most of his life and will be greatly missed by all who knew him there. Special thanks to Craig Klucas, Robert (Bosco) and Sherry Vasco, and Tommy Mickow for always being there for him.

A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday April 11th at 2 p.m. at Rose Villa Restaurant at 368 Portage Lakes Dr. in Akron. Arrangements are being handled by (Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 95 W. Waterloo Rd. 330-724-1281)

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2007.
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February 14, 2009
Not long ago I discovered on you tube that the flying eagle 2 had been restored by a talented individual.This really took me back, and when I did a search on its original creator, I was shocked and saddened to find he had passed on. Greg was a major influence on me to become an airbrusher,and though I may never reach his level of talent, I have been at it for over thirty years now, and I still enjoy it as much as ever. It's a shame that not only are most of the custom vans of the seventies gone, so many of their creators are no longer with us either. Rest in peace Greg. You will be missed. Rick Shank
Rick Shank
February 8, 2009
I'm truly sorry to find out my idol Greg has passed away. I first met Greg when he painted a beautiful mural on the trunk lid of my 68 Z/28
"California Saga".

It was an early Sunday morning in I think 1970 that I arrived at his shop to pick the trunk lid up. The mural of a very sexy girl smiling was perfect and I was very pleased except I noticed it wasn't signed.

I asked Greg about it and he just laughed and yelled to someone in the shop. "Hey get this guy a Greg sticker!" not knowing Greg's sense of humor I was idol was just going to put a decal on my trunk.

Greg then got his striping sword and signed the spoiler and added "The smile you send returns to you..Indian Wisdom.." I won many car shows with my Camaro and used Greg's style and ideas in my own race car lettering career... thankyou Greg..if your reading this somewhere in the cosmos..your the best...

Bill " The Preacher " Ramsay
William Ramsay
December 31, 2008
Happy New Year Honey.... Still not a day the same without you.........
October 12, 2008
Greg's passing affected us here as well as all the others he touched in his lifetime, it's w/great sorrow that we say goodbye, but it's w/great joy that we remember the good times spent together, which were many.
As a fellow artist/pinstriper, the days around Greg were filled w/huge amounts of fun and learning, by both sides....goodbye my friend, till we meet again, we loved you then and we love you now...
Frank Magoo
August 5, 2008
You are now where you finally wanted to be laid to rest, I feel comfort knowing you are home now.........
April 8, 2008
Your star still shines brightly in the night sky... your foorprints remain in my heart.
Kathleen Mitchell
April 7, 2008
I haven't been able to find you in any of your regular spots for the last year, so here is where I come to tell you what I need to, you will not be here in a couple of days and I will have to carry you in my heart from now on.......Wish me luck Honey,,, you'll have to find me now..
February 14, 2008
Happy Valentines Day Honey, I am glad we spent your last one together..........
October 21, 2007
Happy Sweetest day Honey, I thought of our first at youngs 23 years ago, your still the sweetest.........
August 26, 2007
Thank you for all of your fine works that you gifted us with, always an inspiration.
You are a true Akron Icon. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Gene Darrah
August 11, 2007
Greg Jr., I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I remember you bringing a print of his to school to show the class and I was just amazed. My sympathies to you and your family and friends.

Eileen (Adams) Shipman
Eileen Shipman
August 6, 2007
being a pinstriper and painter i have been a fan of gregs since the 70s 3 years ago i aquired the flying eagle II and restored it.
after a long search, i talked to greg on the phone and made arrangements to meet him and show him the van. sad to say we never made it. the van will be with me till its my turn Coop
greg cooper
April 30, 2007
Honey,your home.
April 18, 2007
Greg (our son)
Your father will always be with you in heart and soul...he loved you so very much...we will all meet on the other side...your father loved life and he lived to the fullest
Victoria (Poki)
April 16, 2007
Dear Greg Jr and family.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss.

It's still hard to believe we will never see Greg's smiling face or hear his infectious laughter again. We've known him since the days of the "Orange Boat" and the "Jab'n Cabin". He loved life, that's for sure.

His greatest artwork is the picture he painted in our hearts and memories.
Donna & Dan
April 16, 2007
Greg was a tourist attraction. He was one of the brightest stars in a community of stars. The sky's going to be a little darker without him. Look up. You'll see.
Bill Allen (Snivley)
April 13, 2007
You truly were one of my most favorite people. You will be greatly missed.
Kara Regenos
April 12, 2007
Grego Jr. and Family I"m sorry for your lost, your dad was great to me for many years, growing up with him was like haveing a second dad and I'll miss him dearly, I'll never forget Greg! He was a Great talent with his paintings. I"ve never seen someone just sit down and build a picture like he did. He was great at turning nothing into something even when he thought it wasn't good enough he would change it and it would be even better then the 1st. Again Myself and my family give are deepest thoughts to Grego Jr and family,
John Frankovich Jr.
April 11, 2007
Greg Junior and Family,

My sincere condolences to Greg Junior and all family members, may the lord be with you in your hours of grief.

Throughout our lives we meet many people. Very few leave this earth with the legacy Greg gave all of us. His remarkable talent will be treasured by all that had the honor of embracing his work. Greg's personality and outlook on life will always be remembered. I will cherish my memories of Greg working, playing the guitar and in general having a fine time.

May he rest in peace
Cid Vance
April 11, 2007
The Gift
It's like some people just come through our lives to bring us something. A gift, a blessing, a lesson to be learned- and that's why they're here.
He taught you something, I'll bet... that was his gift to you. He taught you all that, and then he left. Maybe he just didn't need to stay longer. He gave you the gift and then he was free to move on.
He was a special soul...
You will have that gift forever.

I will see you on the other side my friend where the canvas is filled with colors.
Kathleen Mitchell
April 11, 2007
We knew each other from the early days on N Hill,Dodies and other est.Always admired your talent,a true artist.
Al "WILKI" Wilkinson
April 11, 2007
Dearest Grego
Be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspiration, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. Grego thank you for all your kind words and for your beautiful talent you shared with all of us.

Frank and Lynn Pugliese
Mt. Pleasant, Sc
Frank & Lynn Pugliese
April 11, 2007
ed buragas
April 11, 2007
I knew Grego from probably 45 years ago and would occasionally see him when I returned to Akron. Another talent he had was as a great banjo player.
Don Lowe
April 10, 2007
Greg, I will miss you. isaw your first Flying Eagle at a vanin and it was above the rest of the vans. Your work was barnone the best. Thanks for the great paint works. RSP My friend.
Bill Davis
April 10, 2007
To Gregg Jr. and Family,
My deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayer's are with you.
Steve Warr
April 10, 2007
Greg-o, All who knew you as well as the entire Portage Lakes family has lost as icon. I only wish I had a thimble full of your talent and laid-back attitude. The Lakes will never be the same!
Tuna and Tammy Huffman
April 10, 2007
I would like to extend my condolences to all friends and family of Grego. Portage Lakes has indeed lost an icon, however, Grego's legacy lives on through his artwork which is displayed throughout the Portage Lakes area. Although I will not be able to attend the "Celebration of Grego's Life", I will be there in thought and spirit, and to my friends that will be attending...toast Grego for me.
Beth Eagon
April 10, 2007
Greg will always be remembered in the vanning community for his innovative art work and murals. It was great to see Flying Eagle II restored at last years nationals. Greg will be missed by all who knew him and by all those who new his work, truly he was a pioneer in the vanning world.
John"Phrog" Bugh Chairman: Heart of America Van Council
April 10, 2007
Such a Legend, such a guy!!! Friends can be close or away; but always a constant.... you will always be with us in our hearts. We'll get together again in the hereafter for 'your Caesar salads' and fried green tomatoes in your Palace.....till then "keep the shiny side up, catch 'ya on the flip"
Love be with you always!
Bosco & Sherry
Bob & Sherry Vasko
April 10, 2007
April 10, 2007
Great friend.
Great times.
Gone, but certainly not forgotten.
T&T Bergdorf
April 9, 2007
So many memories I will always treasure...

Greg was my friend...

Friends Matter

Tommy Mickow
April 9, 2007
Though Greg lettered a car for me in 68, beautifully painted and lettered three more cars for me in the next few years, I will remember him the most for the time we spent together at Vanke's garage and his love of CSN&Y in the old, relaxed days. He was a true friend in every way. I only wish I would have stayed in touch. His smile and spirit will live on. Godspeed, old friend. I will never forget you.
Tommy Myl
April 9, 2007
To Grego's family and friends and Grego himself whereever he may be lurking today, my condolences to all of us. What a spirit the heavens have gained! The next time I see you and I ask you "Where the hell ya been?" I'm guessing we're going to have to pour up some Crown and have a talk. Till then my friend, thank you for all the color you brought to our lives, on the canvas and off.
Eric Whetzel
April 9, 2007
You enjoyed everyday to its fullest. Like your t-shirt used to say: STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. I remember the first bikes you painted for Rick in 68 and the last ones you painted here in Ft Lauderdale as well. We have lost a great guy and a true artist.
Bill Sander
Bill Sander
April 9, 2007
Greg was an icon in the vanning community. I only met him once, but his smile and his artwork live on in the collections on vanning memorabilia around the world. I sold many of his mural decals at my van shop, and have had the pleasure to be part of the restoration of Flying Eagle II. The van now lives as a tribute to his talents. To his family I offer my condolences, and I am sure he is reunited with many at the big Van-In in the sky. Travel will be missed.
Howard Furtak Midwest Vans Ltd.
April 9, 2007
April 9, 2007
April 9, 2007
I have known Grego for nearly 35 years. We shared many fun outings together and we always had a great time! He left an everlasting impression on me and he is someone you just can't soon forget. Best wishes to all his family and friends.
Bud Congrove
April 9, 2007
Although it's been many, many years since I've seen you Greg, I have very fond memories of you hanging out at our restaurant in the 70's. Your talent was admired and you always had a wonderful sense of humor. Rest in peace my friend and may God Bless you and your family.
Sandy (Boyer) Kremer
April 9, 2007
Brad Williams
April 9, 2007
I always look up to Greg for his "magic" with an air-brush. I learned a lot from him, but never could match his talent. Went to high school with him and hung around "Ginnys" with him. Sorry I didn't stay in touch.
Don Skuza
April 9, 2007
Greg...not just a great artist, but a real legend in the art & painting community. Even when traveling the U.S. and doing signs on the road, people would ask if I knew Greg...Everyone knew him and his work, not just here at home. "A gifted man" who inspired many. God Bless! Lee
April 9, 2007
My condolences to the family and his close friends. I have known Grego for over 20 years, and he was always part of the special mystical allurance of Portage Lakes. As referenced in so many of the entries, the Lakes has lost one of its very special people who has, indeed, left his talent among us.
Debbie Rubino
April 9, 2007
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

i have lots of memories of you all the way back from when i was no more than knee high, and it got better as i got older. for example when i was around 10 i swore that when i grew up i would marry you. anyways the memories go on forever. you will be missed but never forgotten.
Rhiannon (clucas) hutchison, byron, bailey,connor hutchison and dorothy (red) clucas
rhiannon hutchison
April 9, 2007
It was always a pleasure to run into Grego and share great conversation. His talent will always remain beyond impressive. He will be missed by so many.
Jack and Susan Porter
April 9, 2007
I never met Greg of Akron, but I saw his work on cars of several friends of mine from back in the old days of drag racing. The best days.

My heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends. His talent will never be forgotten
Jackee Allen
April 9, 2007
We shared some laughter and some tears. He will be missed. Trust in the Lord that he's in a better place with no sickness or pain.
Melissa Ritterbusch
April 9, 2007
Grego may you have a permanent place at God's card table and may your glass never be empty. I will fondly remember having cocktails with you on many occassions at the Harbor. I moved away in '93 but would run into you on my excursions to the Lakes and it just doesn't seem possible that I won't run into you anymore but I am sure that I will see you at the big party in the sky one day!
Brenda Wilkie (Tuna's ex)
April 9, 2007
You were my favorite customer when I was the mgr. at Upper Deck - rest in peace Grego - you were a wonderful man
April 8, 2007
Although I never met Greg, I did admire his beautiful painting & airbrushing style. The vans he painted were works of art. RIP Greg, you will be missed but your legend will live on.
April 8, 2007
After being a member of the vanning community for 29 years and seeing much of his work, I am saddened to hear of his passing. May his memory and works of art live on.
David Powell
April 8, 2007
thanks for the lifes lessons,and all you taught me about the trade. our tour was great. you will be always on my mind.
April 8, 2007
It's almost hard to imagine the Lakes without Grego. The artistry and inspired works he has left behind will serve as fond reminders of this man with incredible talent. He will be missed and remembered.
Melissa Hughes
April 8, 2007
Grego, Hows the potato chips up in heaven??? You will be missed by everyone!
Cortney & Angelo Milone
April 8, 2007
Grego, you always greeted me as if I were someone special! You were such a gentle soul and thanks for your warm smile! My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends who loved you dearly. You truly will be missed, and your loss among the lakes family, as many before you, will be felt forever. Rest peacefully friend.
Tracy Christ
April 8, 2007
Now you can be a pirate at 40 forever! You will be deeply missed!
Joy Gross Portage Lakes
Joy Gross
April 8, 2007
Gregg will surely be missed by the vanning community,thanks for the
great art you produced,RIP
Jim Newkirk
April 8, 2007
Greg of Akron We are at a lose Thank you for the wonderful colors and lettering on my racecars that you and CRAZY did over the years for myself, Team Strange.Our fans will miss your art work and fun lettering. Thanks Chris "THE GREEK" Karamesines T/F 323
Sandy Karamesines
April 8, 2007
I am so saddened to hear of Gregs' passing. He was such a wonderful person and a very creative painter. His passing will not be forgotten-his artwork will always be there for us to remember him by.
Cathy Carmichael and Everett Lovejoy
April 8, 2007
The guest that came to dinner and stayed a year. Our lost, a friend, a loved one, a true artist. You will be truely missed but in no way forgotten.

Your friends,
Martha, Robert(Crazy), Sean Cullom
Robert Cullom
April 8, 2007
Thankyou all for the kind words. My father will be missed by many... His spirit will live in all. Portage Lakes will not be the same without him but it the spirit will live within each and every of one of us. Come celebrate his life this Wedenesday and show your love.
Grego Junior
April 8, 2007
Grego will always be remembered,and will never forget our love of native american, and all the paintings he had did for me. may he rest in peace. BILLY BOA
billy boa
April 8, 2007
Thanks Grego, for the many memories. Check the "shootin stars" from the other side.I'll see you again some day, enjoy the flight.Oh, by the way, YOU'RE IT! "HIGHWAY HILTON"
Jack Cooey
April 8, 2007
WOW! Fond memories of a very cool guy! Greg painted several cars for our showroom on N. Main St. The "Levi" Gremlin, a really wild
"Budweiser Gremlin". Showed the Bud car at many races and events! Did Greg ever own a pair of shoes? Often wondered what happened to him or where he was? God Bless him!
John DeWitt
April 8, 2007
May you be the Golden Eagle soaring high . You will be greatly missed but not forgotten Terry and Sandy Holvey
Terry,Sandy Holvey
April 8, 2007
Grego & Family, Many years have passed since I last saw Grego who did many paintings and glass etchings for countless friends. His creative artistic personality always garded from anyone knowing his last name was as mystical as his personality. He had a kind hearted spirit and lived in the fast lane with countless legends throughout the world. He will be missed and certainly never duplicated as the "Indian Spirits" take him to the angels in heaven. Grego, you will be a hard act to follow. God Bless........
Terry Eggert
April 8, 2007
Thanks for the memories, fun and education.
April 8, 2007
I was saddened to hear of Grego's passing. We met back in 1968, always enjoyed talking about cars and art with him. He put his trademark pinstripes on my Corvette and later asked me to create a painting for him of a local race car that he custom painted. The years after that, we met several times at the Harbor and our conversations always got back to cars and art. A good man and a fellow artist, i will miss him.
Dennis Caetta
April 8, 2007
May Gold Leaf Accents and Indian Feathers surround you on your eternal ride in the "Flying Eagle"
"The Lakes has lost one of our own"
FreddY Schulz
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