John Willis Gridley Jr.
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Gridley, John Willis, Jr. of Minneapolis, died Dec. 21, 2012 at age 73. His parents, Dr. John and Dorothy Gridley and sons, Willis and James, preceded him in death. Survived by wife Jean Deatrick, John loved and was loved by his stepchildren who were a constant helpful presence during his long illness: Steve (Diane) Deatrick, Heidi Deatrick (Kim Hauschild), Heather Deatrick (Gregory Schultz), and Katherine (Martin) Trimble. Survived by daughter, Janet Gridley (David Schechter); grandchildren, Vincent Twinn, Cameron Hauschild, Andrew Deatrick, Earl Van Norman, Henry Schechter, William John and Gregory Schultz, Eve Marie Trimble, and expected baby Lily or John Trimble. Survived by stepmother, Phyllis Gridley; sister, Janet Sawyer; brother, Frederick (Camille) Gridley; sister-in- law, Sandra (Loren) Jacobson; brother-in-law, Gary Johnson; son-in-law, Gary (Antje) Twinn, and beloved cousins, Stephen (Annette) Alderson, Marianne (Charles) Leighton, and Martha (Don) Nicholas and nieces and nephews. John was a financial executive and CFO of a Fortune 500 company. He attended Hamline, Princeton, Harvard Business School, and the University of Southern California. In retirement he was business manager of Hill & Lake Press, former treasurer of political campaigns and Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association, a member of the City of Minneapolis Development Finance Committee, and he assisted Council Member Lisa Goodman and Mike Christensen at the Humphrey School. John's great love was sailing, particularly ocean racing. He enjoyed his Bayfield vacation home and sailed his Oday 30 on Lake Superior. John was a member of the Wayzata and Bayfield Yacht Clubs, the Woman's Club of Minneapolis, and St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral where a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Dec. 29, at 11 AM.

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Published in Star Tribune from Dec. 23 to Dec. 26, 2012.
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January 3, 2013
Jean, Heidi and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Ours thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Dana Wood and Peter Vaughan
December 29, 2012
John was the spark of many gatherings, enriching every conversation. A genuinely kind man.
Lily Farrish
December 29, 2012
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your John who was a rock for all of you these many years. May he rest in peace.
Our love, prayers and
condolences, Marilyn & Peter
Marilyn Knoblauch
December 27, 2012
I had the pleasure of volunteering with John on our neighborhood association board and for various political campaigns. He was the steady hand that guided us through both placid and stormy waters with his wisdom, wit and willingness to work hard. He is missed dearly.
Craig Wilson
December 27, 2012
So sad. John was always so generous and welcoming. I loved him very much.
Gary Twinn
December 26, 2012
Janet and family....
I am so very sorry about the passing of your Dad. I am thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts...

Molly Ambrose
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