GRIDLEY John Palmer Gridley, age 82, finished his earthly race on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" Hebrews 12:1. Born at home in Aurora, Indiana on Sept. 11, 1929, he was preceded in death by parents John C. and Grace M. Gridley, sister Gloria Kollmorgen and niece Erin Zakanycz. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; daughter, Pamela (Joseph) Snelling; grand-sons, Scot (Brandy) and Kevin Snelling; step-grandchildren, J.J. and Jamie Snelling; nephew, Edward Duff (Charlotte) Byrnside; niece, Julie Brown; and brother-in-law, Martin (Jo) Kollmorgen. John graduated from Ohio Military Institute, attended Miami (Ohio) University, served in the Air Force and was stationed at Eglin A.F.B. in Pensacola, Florida, where he met his future wife on a blind date. They married before he was deployed to Okinawa, Japan. John was retired from AEP Tanner's Creek, but continued to work, last employed in the seafood department at Meijer in Lewis Center for the past 13 years. John was a member of Powell United Methodist Church, where he and Barb had been active in clown ministry. His interests were the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, and everything related to golf. He loved people and never met a stranger. Visitation will be held at SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 6699 N. High St., Columbus (Just south of I-270) on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 4-7 p.m., where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Larry Brown, celebrant. Many thanks to John's golfing buddies, especially Art, his neighbors, and his friends from church for their prayers, companionship and offerings of food and to Meijer pharmacy for their caring attitude. Special thanks to Brian, Susie and Kathy at HomeReach Hospice for their invaluable help during John's final days on Earth. Contributions may be made to HomeReach Hospice, c/o Ohio Health Found., 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215 or Powell United Methodist Church, 825 Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065. To share memories of John, visit www.schoedinger.com
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2012.