Raymond L. Griest
Raymond L. Griest, 87, of Mt. Pleasant died on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home with the Rev. Guy Sammons officiating. Friends may call after 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Murphy Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant with full military honors conducted by the Henry County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.murphyfuneralandmonuments.com
Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant is handling the arrangements.
He was born on Aug. 12, 1925, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Ernest and Mamie Piper Griest. After his schooling he enlisted in the Army, serving during World War II. He married Dorothy A. Lyons on Jan. 28, 1946, in Mt. Pleasant. He retired from the Mt. Pleasant Post Office after 33 years of service. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Masonic Lodge #8, American Legion of Mt. Pleasant, N.A.R.F.E., and was a past president of Mt. Pleasant Little League Association.
He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reading Western books, crossword puzzles, fishing and sitting in his swing in the front yard.
He is survived by his children, Radenna J. Heinz of Burlington, Diane (Guy) Sammons of Mt. Pleasant, Susan (Jerry Lamb) Griest of New London, Raymond “Bill” (Juanita) Griest of Mt. Pleasant, Larry Griest of Burlington and Tim Griest of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter, Tammy; a great-granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Sammons; two brothers and four sisters.