Rev. George A. Gribben Jr.
May 10, 1925 ‒ December 14, 2019
After a life filled with abundant joy and love, George A. Gribben Jr. made his journey to meet his Lord and Savior face-to-face on December 14, 2019.
He was born to George and Lucille Gribben (née Rowan) on May 10, 1925. He was the second of four boys in a family that learned how to work, love and submit to God together. He was preceded in death by his parents, older brother Bob, younger brother Earl and his fourth child Linda Diane Aper.
George’s world evolved around family. He leaves behind his precious wife of 70 years, Lucille (née Bias), four children and a son-in-law: George (Linda), Bonnie (Merritt) Strunk, Judith (Rand) Kell, Rick Aper and Kimberly (Ivan) Leavitt. He loved his children with an undying love. His love for his grandchildren was passionate: Kristina, Rand, Tiffany, Renee, Kurtis, Tanna, Jonathan, Michael, Brianne, David, Kaitlin, Hailey, Lily and Maxwell. His great grandchildren held a special place in his heart: Malachi and Amelia. He leaves his brother Jim who meant the world to him. George loved his nieces and nephews and filled the gap when their parents passed away. He was a compassionate and loyal friend.
He served during WWII in the 75th Infantry Division, 290 regiment, as a field communication specialist, establishing wired communications and keeping those lines open between command and the front lines. George’s Division fought in the “Battle of the Bulge” in Belgian, the Colmar Pocket in France and the Ruhr Pocket in Germany. He was a decorated soldier with two Bronze Stars.
Having lived through WWII he gave his heart, after the war, to Jesus Christ. George was an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene for 61 years, pastoring numerous churches throughout Ohio, working for Mount Vernon Nazarene University and the General Church of the Nazarene until 2005. He was a master carpenter, an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman, confidant and mentor.
Although his passing leaves a void in our lives, we have hope eternal that we will be united again in the home God has prepared for His children.
The family will receive friends from 10 am until the time of funeral service celebrating the life of George at 11 am on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon with Pastor Mark Dettmer officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International.
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