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 William W “Bill” Greb

William W “Bill” Greb

Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 5 Nov 2010 (aged 101)
Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 175486081 · View Source
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Funeral service for W.W. “Bill” Greb, 101, Lawton, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Bill Schneider, Pastor, Rev. Richard Mayer, Pastor Emeritus and Vicar Mark Mozeik, officiating.
Mr. Greb died Friday in a Lawton hospital.
Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery under the direction of the Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Mr. Greb was born in Lawton on September 19, 1909 to George and Mary Greb. He attended the original Emerson Elementary School (razed in 1941) and graduated from Lawton high School in 1931 (old Central, now City Hall as of 2013), attended Cameron College and Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Missouri graduating with a degree in business and accounting. After his father died, he worked different jobs when not in school to help support the family while his mother worked in the grocery store she owned. One of these was at Coca-Cola for F.D. Ross who he always said was like a father to him. After college, he went to work for P&D Distributing Company and J. Roy Dunning as an accountant. He never forgot to honor the special friendship he had with J. Roy Dunning. In 1950 he went into private practice as a public accountant until 1980. Appointed by Mayor Wayne Gilley he served as chairman of the Lawton Urban Renewal Board from 1963-1971 contributing his time without pay. This was a very industrious program with a number of phases. One phase was the Pleasant Valley Project. In the 1920’s a large number of people lived along the railroad tracks from Ferris to Dearborn in tin shacks with no plumbing or water. These people had been moved from this area to Lawton View where conditions were still bad. Thus the Pleasant Valley Project in Lawton View. Bill’s leadership of this project greatly improved the living conditions for people in Lawton View. Another phase was securing the adjoining property to Cameron University, opening the way for Cameron to become an accredited four-year university. Yet another phase made room for the new modern Central Mall. Much of the growth of Lawton was a direct result of his tireless efforts for Lawton’s future development. His concern for good care for the elderly led he and his life-long friend Dr. Charles Green in 1958 to obtain the permit to construct Cedar Crest Manor nursing home which was completed in 1960. In 1997 he negotiated for the purchase of the Village on Lee Retirement Center where he served as Secretary/Treasurer until his retirement.
His life-long business and volunteer work were many including the following: Member of Oklahoma State Board of Public Accountancy, member of Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, member of the Oklahoma State Nursing Home Association, served on the first Board of Directors for the J. Roy Dunning Children’s Shelter, served as Chairman of the Board to form the Crisis Hot Line in Lawton, Charter member of the Evening Lions Club, charter member of the Elks Lodge, served on the Board for the first Rural Water District in Lawton, secretary/treasurer of Lawton Heritage Association.
Most important was the dedication he had to his God. He was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church of which his parents were charter members. There he served as President, Secretary/Treasurer, Elder and Chairman of the building committee for the present church building built in 1949.
He was married to Elsie May Schutte on December 25, 1937 in Walters. She died in 1984 following a battle with cancer. They had two children Don Greb (wife Connie) and Dianne Mansell (husband Tommy) and one grandchild Allison Greb all of Lawton. He would later marry Peggy Alsabrook in 1989 and has two step children, Tom Trimpa (wife Denise) of Lawton and Dana Cooper (husband Mike) of Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Lutheran Church, 102 SW 7th Street, Lawton OK 73501.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William W “Bill” Greb (19 Sep 1909–5 Nov 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175486081, citing Highland Cemetery, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Dwayne Sessom (contributor 46856572) .