Charles O. "Charley" Grigsby Jr.
HAMILTON, Ill. -- Charles "Charley" O. Grigsby Jr., 94, of Hamilton, died at 7:50 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 13, 2011) in the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Charley was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Lawton, Okla., to Charles O. Grigsby and Susan Pearl Kline. He married Lorraine White on Oct. 4, 1947, in Floral Park, N.Y. The love of his life, Lorraine, passed away on Jan. 14, 2008.

His family moved to Elvaston, where he attended a one-room schoolhouse. He started his college career at Carthage College under Dr. Kibbe and completed his bachelor's degree at Iowa State University in 1941. He was the secretary of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and business manager of the Agricultural Magazine while at ISU. The journals that he kept for decades are housed at the archives there.

When World War II broke out, Charley enlisted and became one of the few trained on radar as it was introduced to U.S. forces. He was the "eyes" for a fleet as they were being stalked by U-boats. After his military service, he worked for Kraft Foods, where he established the Cracker Barrel program in upstate New York. He received the J.L. Kraft award for his achievements at Kraft.

Charley then set out to make his own mark. For two decades, he spent time involved in petrochemicals. Charley developed and marketed the first pigmented epoxy paint, Lorraine Protective Coatings. He also worked for High Strength Plastics in marketing and product development as well as Mobile Chemical as a senior research chemist. He continued this work later in his development of Zero Rust, a rust inhibiting coating. His next venture took him back into the cheese business. He invented a cheese for the new delicatessen market, Lorraine Cheese, which was a form of baby Swiss. Lorraine Cheese became the second-largest seller of its type in the world and had distribution throughout the U.S. The process for making Lorraine was so innovative that it was granted one of only seven patents in cheese making.

Later, Charley set his sights on developing herbal ointments, Native American Healing Ointments (NAHO). This became his life's work. The most noteworthy development was Super J, formulated to control joint pain and help with bacterial and fungal infections. He was acknowledged as an advocate for Native Americans by being named an elder in the Thunderbird Society. His interest in Native Americans stemmed from his memories as a child in Lawton, Okla., which was also home to the Comanche. Charley and Lorraine promoted the history and legacy of Native Americans.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Nauvoo. Charley and Lorraine enjoyed their latter years in their home on the Mississippi River in Hamilton.

Charley was known by all for his tireless energy and drive. His work positively impacted people across the country. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Charley and Lorraine enjoyed more than 60 years together. They had nine children, all of whom survive, Chuck Grigsby of Las Vegas, Nev., Susan Alaimo of Hollywood, Fla., Kathy Jorgenson of Casselberry, Fla., David (and Nancy) Grigsby of Davidsonville, Md., Laurie (and Ralph) VandenBoom of Quincy, Mary (and Bill) Urquhart of Pasadena, Calif., Michael (and Alicia) Grigsby of Springhill, Fla., William (and Kristi) Grigsby of Naples, Fla., and Jeanne Grigsby of Ballwin, Mo.; 20 grandchildren, Todd and Casey Jorgenson, Brenda Lanzilli, Rachel Lee, Mitch VandenBoom, Kelly, Sarah, Leeanne, Jonathan and Meredith Grigsby, Christopher and Corey Miller, Jonathan Bell, Abigail, Brian and Christine Urquhart, Jenny and Dayna Grigsby, Erik and Eileen Prough; and six great-grandchildren, Anthony Lee, Lorenzo and Carter Lanzilli, Dexter Miller, Jason Bell and Madelynn Grigsby.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 150 N. Wells St., Nauvoo. Burial will be in Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville, directly following the memorial service.

VISITATION: There is no visitation, but friends are invited to attend the memorial service and graveside service.

MEMORIALS: The Thunderbirds (Native Americans) for the benefit of the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota.

ARRANGEMENTS: Lamporte-St. Clair Funeral Home of Hamilton;

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Published by Herald-Whig from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2011.
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This is David. Thank you all for your kind words from our whole family. He had many great memories of the cheese factory and those that worked there.
David Grigsby
August 22, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I will always remember your father as a fair employer and an honorable man.
Virginia Bradshaw
August 21, 2011
Charley stopped and visited at our hardware store a couple of years ago. He was more energetic than a teenager! When he found out I had gone to school with Bill and had been neighbors to Laurie, he told us all about how each of his kids and grandkids were doing. He was very proud of all of you. He told us how he met Lorraine and their life together. It was such a fun visit. I know he will be missed greatly.
Nancy Jane Grimes Smith
August 21, 2011
What a life and legacy ! May peace reign among the greater Grigsby clan. I am glad to have known you. My condolences
in your loss.
from Scott Rieger of Grand Rapids, MI...formerly of Northbrook, IL
Scott Rieger
August 20, 2011
My condolences to the family of Mr. Grigsby. I remember his kindness to a group of 4-H'ers who were visiting the Loraine Cheese factory in Pittsfield. He was a true gentleman.
Mary Jo Foster
August 20, 2011
My name is Terri Kelley Allen
My deapest Heartfelt sorrow goes to Charley's family I worked for Charley at the cheese factory in Pittsfield. Charley was a good man and i loved working for him.
Terri Kelley Allen, Milton, Il
August 19, 2011
Our deapest heartfelt sorrow goes to all Charley's family at this very sad time. Rod worked for Charley 10 trs at the cheese facory in Pittsfield. Just remmeber in these sad times that Charley is now in heaven with the love of his life looking down on all of us. He was a good man. RIP...Charley
Traci & Rod Kelley
August 17, 2011
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