Hays, Kansas – Paul Richard Griebel, age 91, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at his home.
He was born on the farm at Stockton, KS. to Joseph P. and Elizabeth L. (Delaney) Griebel. He married Melinda M. (Dinkel) on April 21, 1952 at Victoria, KS. She died January 11, 2013.
He grew up on a homestead two miles north of Webster, KS. with one brother and one sister. They resided in Rooks County until 1955 then they moved to a farm outside of Collyer, KS. He was a loving father of 11 children. The farm started as a general small farm and over the years, he diversified into chicken, hogs, cattle, and eventually became Griebel and Sons’ Dairy.
He was a very hard worker and worked many odd jobs in addition to farming; such as working on I-70 bridges, helping build the local grain elevator, driving the local school bus, and working at local Co-op to support his family. He was active in the community of Collyer and helped build and renovate both the Collyer Catholic and public school. He was a WWII veteran serving in the Navy from 1944 to 1945. He was a member of the Park, KS. Knights of Columbus. Paul and Melinda managed the dairy farm in Collyer for over 33 years. They retired and moved to Hays, KS in 1988. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church of Collyer, KS and later the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church of Hays, KS. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. Paul and Melinda celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in April 2012.
Survivors include six sons, Francis Griebel and wife, Becky, Lexington, KY; Steve Griebel and wife, Jennifer, Collyer, KS; Roger Griebel and wife, Robin, Hays, KS; Wayne Griebel and wife, Darla, Amarillo, TX; Bill Griebel, Collyer, KS; Joe Griebel, Hays, KS; four daughters, Linda Schroeder and husband, Keith, Hutchinson, KS; Marilyn Rebori and husband, Tim, Bonner Springs, KS; Mary Adams and husband, Tim, Quinlan, TX; Paula Kruse and husband, Shannon, Topeka, KS; ten grandchildren, Randi Griebel and fiancé (Zeke Smith), Craig Griebel and fiancé (Holly Kline), Vanessa (Beto) Morales, Ann Griebel, James (Jazzlynn) Adams, Megan Griebel, Greg Adams, Austin Kruse, Leyton Rebori, and Justin Kruse
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother, Lawrence C. Griebel, one sister, Agnes Vehige and one son, Robert Griebel.
Services are at 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 1, 2015, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, KS. with military honors by the Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076.
Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, and from 8:30 to 9:45 A.M. Monday, all at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas, 67601. A vigil service is at 7:00 P.M. Sunday, at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays.
Memorial to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas. Condolences can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.