Don Gries, of Mora, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN. He was 74 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Mike Herzog officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Donald Elmer Gries, of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on December 11, 2014 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in St Paul, MN. He was 74 years old.
Don was born January 27, 1940 at home in Haybrook Twp., Kanabec Co, MN to Harold and Georgia (Zortman) Gries. He was the seventh of eight siblings. The family moved to Mora by the time he started school. As a youth, he enjoyed meals in his mother’s “East Side Café” and occasionally worked with his friends setting bowling pins.
Don met the love of his life, Marjorie Golly at the Fish Lake Resort. From the start, they had a bond in Jesus that would last over 55 years. They married September 4, 1960 at United Methodist Church in Mora. To this union five children were born.
Don was humble and kind to friends and strangers alike. He served as church treasurer at Calvary Bible Chapel in Blackfoot, Idaho. He was an active and well-loved member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora. He was a local volunteer fireman for over 20 years.
Don worked many jobs; his trade was mechanic-fabricator. He repaired implement, equipment, and trucks. He never had trouble finding work. His trucking runs into Idaho prompted an 8 year family move to the mountains. A cowboy at heart, he liked western music and movies, horses and his dog Ruby.
Don was a wonderful husband, father, grandparent and friend. He played Texas Ranger sidekick, read books, taught fishing, played cribbage and helped in Sunday School too. His hobbies in recent years were woodworking, antique auto restoration and especially cooking for his wife, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son Wade, his parents, three brothers, and a sister.
Don is survived by his bride Marjorie of Mora; children Foster of Highland, Indiana, Shane (Kathy) of Hermantown, Minnesota, Holley of Boulder City, Nevada, and Marianne (Rob) Hamers of Ramey, Minnesota; nine grandchildren; Nicolette (Keith) Kilby, Ryan (Vanessa) Gries, Blaine Gries, Zachary Bayerle, Jillian Gries, Clayton Gries, Hunter Hamers, Austin Hamers and Megan Gries, two great-grandchildren; Kohle and Knox Kilby; sister Betty (Harold) Jansen of Rapid City, South Dakota; and two brothers, Jack of Weslaco, Texas and Joe (Judy) of Cross Lake, Minnesota; daughter in law, Minerva Gries of Griffith, Indiana; two brothers-in-law, Darell (Donna) Golly of Braham, Minnesota and Wayne (Marlys) Golly of Brook Park, Minnesota; Don had many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. He will be greatly missed!