John P. Griesbach, 85, died June 29, 2012, in Round Rock after a short illness with congestive heart failure. He was born in Appleton, Wis., on Sept. 1, 1926, to John A. and Anna Griesbach.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He graduated from Appleton High School, briefly attended University of Wisconsin and was drafted for World War II. His base Air Corps training was in Biloxi, Miss., and he was sent from there to Osaka, Japan. After completing his service, he returned to the University of Wisconsin to pursue a degree in petroleum geology. He was a member of the Sig Ep fraternity.
His chosen profession led him to Texas, where he worked for Seaboard Oil Co. in Ardmore, Okla.; Corpus Christi; Oklahoma City; and Amarillo. In 1960, he returned to Corpus Christi and later formed his own company, Delta American. He was an active geologist until he reluctantly retired in 1998 and moved to the “lake house” in Horseshoe Bay.
It was during his early Corpus Christi stint that he met fellow Yankee and Catholic Joanne Rehmann, the brunette “girl of his dreams,” who had just moved to Texas to work at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Fate took charge, and she ended up renting the same apartment he had just moved out of. Since it was a furnished unit, she ended up sleeping in his former bed. Being such good Catholics, they happily married on Thanksgiving Day in 1955.
The couple celebrated more than 56 years of marriage, family and faith.
He belonged to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists and the Corpus Christi Geological Society. He was active in his church and community, always there when he could help or have some fun. Hunting and golf were his “guy” things, but work and raising a family were his passions.
In addition to his wife, survivors include children Debi Cartwright and husband Greg, Shari Kurczyn and husband George, Stephen Griesbach and wife Debbie and Chris Griesbach and wife Melissa; grandchildren Kristin Griesbach, Chase Griesbach, Kyle Kurczyn, Matt Griesbach, Chad Griesbach, Kristi Kurczyn, Hunter Griesbach and Austin Cartwright; and brother Ralph of Sterling, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Arthur, Norbert and Raymond; sisters Delores LeClaire, Alice Wismans and Ruth Bernhagen.
A memorial service is 2 p.m. July 7 at St. Paul the Apostle Chapel in Horseshoe Bay. A celebration of life service will follow at Quail Point, 107 Twilight in Horseshoe Bay.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the St. Paul Apostle Building fund, both c/o of St. Paul the Apostle Chapel, P.O. Box 8019, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, (830) 693-4373.