DONALD E. GRIES

D. Gries webphotoDon 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!

15 guestbook entries for DONALD E. GRIES

  1. Tawni VanVleet December 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Thinking and praying for friends and family. He was a wonderful man!

  2. Red Fredrickson December 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Very sorry to see that Donald has left us , He was a great guy , I always enjoyed seeing him and having a visit , He will be missed by many

  3. Marie Grundberg December 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    Marge and family.

    Our deepest and sincere sympathy in the loss of dear Don.
    There are no words to say that can help ease the pain your loss will bring. Just want you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Love, Marie and Kermit Grundberg

  4. Dave and Jill Sawyer December 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    We are very saddened to hear about Don’s passing. He was such a great guy and really enjoyed being able to share with him many times at Saturday breakfast. We are glad to have been able to visit with him just this last Sunday and sing him the song, I’d Rather Have Jesus Than Silver or Gold. We will continue to pray for you Marge as well as your entire family.

  5. Lois (Golly) O'Brien December 13, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    Aunt Margie and family – It is so sad that Uncle Donnie has passed away. I remember as a child snuggling up to him after a big family meal and him telling me he was just going “to rest his eyes”, after which he took a little nap amid all the excited (loud) conversation that went on around him since we were all so excited to see each other. He was always so kind and friendly and I will miss him. Please know you are in my thoughts and I hope that time will ease your pain.

  6. Don& Ruth Goodrich December 14, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Dearest Margie & family….WE are so saddened for your loss. We really liked Don alot & love you a bunch, too….Your family has gone through such difficult suffering for so long…I surely don’t mean to minimize Don,s pain & suffering..May you have much peace & even JOY as you know Don is spending Christmas in Heaven with Jesus…Let’s keep in touch…

  7. Stan & Sonja Nymeyer December 14, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    We are privileged and blessed to have known and spent time with Don. He was a very special person! We are comforted that he knew The Lord and will be with him.

  8. Dick Manion December 14, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Don was a very close friend and leader in our church during our years as Pastor of the church in Blackfoot, Idaho. He was a dear friend and spiritual ally during our time there.. Someone very special has been taken from us into the presence of our Lord. Happy homecoming, Don. We will see you soon., Until then, our hearts are sorrowful because of your absence.

  9. Diane Norstrom December 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Marge and family,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Enjoyed visiting with you at the class of 58 reunions.
    Diane Norstrom

  10. Karyl & Jeff Helmbrecht December 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Marge & Family, We are saddened by your loss of Don. He was a great person, always kind & friendly to everyone. He will spend this Christmas in heaven. Take care of yourself.

  11. Denise Bankers Manthie December 16, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    To the family of Don Gries

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He was such a wonderful man. And he loved his grand children so much. He will greatly be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Take care always

  12. Holley Gries December 16, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Daddy we will miss you more than words can describe! I know he is spending Christmas with his Lord and Savior! Thank you to all who share here it means so much to our family all the beautiful words about dad and how much he meant to you. God Bless everyone this Christmas, Jesus is the reason for the season.

  13. Scott Moe December 17, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Scott and Caroline Moe

  14. Sara Longworth Koehn December 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Dear Marge and Family,

    I was saddened to hear about Don’s home-going… Such a kind, gentle man…I will keep all of you in my prayers throughout this Christmas season. I can’t help but think how exciting the reunion in heaven was! I bet Dad was in the crowd welcoming Don home.

    Sara Longworth Koehn

  15. Robb Roesler December 18, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Don will surely be missed by friends and people that saw him on a regular basis. He lived right behind me between the alley just a house apart. He was a great human being and I could tell a calm demeanor over him which made me very comfortable around him.
    I wish Marge all the best, thanks for having Don in your life and sharing him with all of us.

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