Obituary for Clayton L. Greiman
January 25, 1936 – November 10, 2015
[Elder Clayton Greiman was Treasurer for the Synod of the RCUS from 1990-2003. Even after this time, he served as an invaluable resource to the Executive Committee of the Synod. He will be sorely missed by the entire RCUS, and we are thankful to God for blessing us with his sacrificial service through the years. – Editor]
Clayton L. Greiman, 79, of Garner died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Edgewater Retirement Community in West Des Moines.
Funeral services were held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 14th at Peace Reformed Church south of Garner with Rev. Mark Larson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Iowa Air National Guard Ceremonial Unit and the Garner Veterans Ceremonial Unit.
Assisting the family with the Funeral was the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., Garner, IA.
Memorials may be directed to Peace Reformed Church, Garner, IA.
Clayton Lee Greiman was born in Albert Lea, MN on January 25, 1936. He came to Garner at the age of three months to become the adopted son of Ben V. and Iris Greiman. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Reformed Church south of Garner. Clayton attended rural school near his home until the eighth grade and graduated from Garner High School in 1953. He entered the U.S. Army in March of 1954 serving in Europe. Upon his discharge, he entered the Iowa Air National Guard retiring in 1977 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant after twenty-three years of service. On September 4, 1954 he married Mary Alice Baggs at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Garner. They lived in Germany from 1954 to 1956 while Clayton served in the U.S. Army. They then returned to Iowa and made their home on the Ben V. Greiman farm two miles south of Garner where they raised their three children. Clayton farmed in partnership with his father until 1971, when he and Mary Alice purchased the Garner Ben Franklin store. On June 1, 1974, he became the first Branch Manager for Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Algona, when they opened their new office building in Garner. He was also a realtor at Schoneman Realty for a few years. Following his retirement he helped his son, Bill, with his farming operation.
Clayton was very active in the life of his community. He was a life-long member of Peace Reformed Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and held the offices of deacon and elder. He was a member of the Garner Rotary Club having served as president. He was also president of the Garner Chamber of Commerce and served as member and president of the Garner Crown Jewel Development Corporation. Clayton belonged to the Garner Country Club since it opened and served as president of the board of directors. He also was chairman of the Hancock County Memorial Hospital board of trustees for many years.
Clayton is survived by his three children, Bill (Christine) Greiman of Garner, Dr. Marshall (Cheryl) Greiman of Urbandale and Crystal (Brian) Kennedy of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Tom (Juanita) Greiman, Sheena (Baldo) Espinoza, Tara (Daniel) DeLuna, Natasha Berhow, Rockford (Shannon) Berhow, Nancy (Adam) Buchweitz, Eric Greiman, Anna Greiman and Elizabeth (Jonathan) Wekerle; great grandchildren, Eric Greiman, Iris Greiman, Zoe Espinoza, Max Espinoza, Madison DeLuna, Jack DeLuna, Natalie DeLuna, Dominic DeLuna, Avery Wekerle, Hunter Berhow and Emiliana Buchweitz ; two sisters-in-law, Helen (Robert) Streyle of Rochester, MN and Virginia Ginsberg of Naples, FL; a brother-in-law, Lee Albertson of Albuquerque, NM; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Alice, on June 28, 2014; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Albertson; a brother in-law, James Ginsberg; a nephew, Aaron Ginsberg; and a great grandson, baby boy Berhow.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15