Donald W. Greve, Sr., 83, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, died at 9:35 p. m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. He had been a patient there for the past two years.
Mr. Greve was born in Fort Wayne on September 20, 1926, a son of Edward B. and Nora A. [Sutton] Greve, and spent his formative years there. As a young man he served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, and was married on November 2, 1946 to Susie Irene Ackerman. He had lived at his home at Blue Lake since 1954.
Employed as a truck driver for Old Fort Supply in Fort Wayne, he retired from there in 1985 after 25 years.
He was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco and the Churubusco Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846. He was instrumental in starting the annual Blue Lake fireworks, and in his leisure time enjoyed fishing and Churubusco Eagle and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football.
Mrs. Greve preceded him in death on February 11, 2007.
The surviving relatives include his children Jimmy Powers of New York City, Don [Rosie] Greve of Churubusco, and Carol Collingsworth and Wanda Jett, both of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Chaplain Tom Novy, officiating. A U. S. Navy military presentation will immediately follow the service.
The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday after 12 noon until the time of the service.
Interment will be in the Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla, or to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
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