George A. Grieb

George A. Grieb

April 5, 1935 – February 4, 2024

VISITATION: Thursday, February 8, 2024, 6:00-7:00 p.m., followed by VIGIL at 7:00 p.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, February 9, 2024, 10:30 a.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.

Interment, Calvary Cemetery.

George Albert Grieb was born in Dixon, Illinois, on April 5, 1935, the eldest child of Harold and Frances Grieb. George grew up living across the street from former President Ronald Reagan. The Grieb family moved to Sterling, Illinois, where George graduated from Bishop Newman Catholic High School in 1953. He continued his education at the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1957 with a degree in finance.

After accepting his first job with the National Bank of Detroit, George found the love of his life, Kathryn Munger. (That’s a whole other story) George and Kathryn were married on September 12, 1959.  Together they raised six children.  From the get-go, George never drew a selfish breath. He lived his entire life for his family, who were his #1 priority.

In 1970, George relocated his family to Omaha when he accepted a job with the Omaha National Bank as head of branches, followed by many years at Commercial Federal Savings and Loan. George’s business success led him to his dream job at Creighton University in 1989 as Chief Financial Officer.  While at Creighton, George’s business acumen, strong morals, values and endless words of wisdom, served him in mentoring many students in his spare time. He was an avid fan of all the Creighton athletic teams, especially basketball. George and Kathryn were sure to be found at all the Bluejay home games. After retirement, George remained loyal to his Creighton family, meeting them monthly for lunch at Dinker’s.

George was not only successful in the business world.  He was significant in the Omaha community. As a high impact leader, he reached out to those behind him and beside him to teach, coach and mentor, to help others become leaders themselves. George never sat still. He was constantly involved in his children’s activities, coaching youth sport teams, and serving in countless advisory capacities at Creighton Prep and Marian High School. He was active in his community until his last days, serving on many boards over the years, including the Immanuel Affordable Housing Board of Directors for the last 10 years.  He was also a devoted member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish for over 50 years.

In true “George Grieb” fashion, he lived life to the fullest until the very end.   In his last 48 hours, George attended a Creighton Bluejays basketball game Friday night, lunch at Dinker’s with his family on Saturday, a 2:00 AM Adoration hour and 7:00 AM Mass on Sunday.  George died peacefully Sunday evening surrounded by his wife, all his children, grandchildren, and sister.

George is survived by his wife, Kathryn; children: Tom Grieb (Norene), Patty Witty (Tom), Katie Levi, George Grieb (Mindy), Jennifer Farnham; and son-in-law, Bob Murray;  grandchildren: Megan (Jono), Madelyn (Jordan), Kathryn and Molly; Ben and Emily; Warren; Parker, Lily (Theia), Reed (Marissa); George (Chyenne), Tyler (Kelsey), Mason, Morgan; Mary Kate, Nora and Lucy; great-grandchildren:  Preston, Emelia, Seth, Claire, Rowan, Tommy and Nicholas; Adrianne and Liam; Adelyn and Nolan; as well as his siblings, John Grieb and Mary Grieb.

George was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Murray; stillborn son, Peter; son-in-law, Matthew Levi; granddaughter, Lauren Witty; and great- grandson, Jack Miller.

 

21 Comments

  • Bruce and Nancy Peters Posted February 5, 2024 3:43 pm

    Have good memories of George during my first years working in the Comptroller’s Office and CU.

  • Steve Bullock Posted February 5, 2024 5:00 pm

    George was a great friend and a great neighbor. God bless him and his family.

  • Mark, Deb, Gabriel, and Mikaela Gadzikowski Posted February 5, 2024 10:15 pm

    George Grieb was my father’s best friend, and our friend too. He helped us see the world better. We miss him dearly. The world is a smaller place without Mr. Grieb.

  • Ann Wagner-Hauser Posted February 6, 2024 7:53 am

    I had the good fortune to serve with George on the Northwest Bank Board. He was a gracious, warm and thoughtful man. Heaven is getting a really good one. My condolences to his family. Ann

  • Lorraine Boyd Posted February 6, 2024 10:49 am

    I had the great good fortune to interact with George on numerous occasions during my career. He was always so friendly and helpful and served as a great role model for me, especially when I was starting out. I’ve thought of him fondly often over the years and am sorry he will no longer be here to spread his light. My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace, comforted by his deep faith.

  • Larry and Corinne Marinovic Posted February 6, 2024 3:22 pm

    George was a great guy. Always upbeat with a can do spirit. A real family man and staunch Creighton supporter. Enjoyed golfing with him. He was always in the middle of the fairway! Will miss your kindness and generosity, rest in peace my friend.

  • Tate Fitzgerald Posted February 6, 2024 3:51 pm

    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you all. George was a great and well respected man – I know my father thought very highly of George and considered him a good friend. My condolences. Tate

  • Eric Gurley Posted February 6, 2024 4:38 pm

    I am a better person for knowing you, George! I appreciated all you have done in your service to Alegent Health and Immanuel.

  • Bill Miskell Posted February 7, 2024 8:25 am

    Kathryn & Family
    Look up George Grieb in the dictionary and the definition is gentleman and dedication to family, friends and God! My sincere condolences on a life well lived!

  • John Bothof Posted February 7, 2024 9:10 am

    George hired me at Commercial Federal in 1981. He mentored me throughout my career. He became a great friend. I will miss our breakfast at Boystown and lunches at Big Fred’s. Georges love of life and those around him will be in my heart always.
    Beyond a shadow of doubt, Georges eternal resting place is with our Beloved Saviour. Peace and Love to Kathryn and the family. Thank You for sharing George with us.
    John

  • Marian Bogard Posted February 7, 2024 10:54 am

    I always liked George. A true gentleman. Loving thoughts and prayers for you, Kathryn and your family. Marian

  • Kelley Donovan Doyle Posted February 7, 2024 11:19 am

    My deepest sympathies to the whole Grieb family. My memories of Mr Grieb are amazing! Always kind and full of laughter in their household. I miss Mary’s amazing sense of humor often too. You all have helped me and supported me in my life. I keep you all in my prayers and always close to my heart. ♥️

  • Dan & Tricia Smith Posted February 7, 2024 5:10 pm

    Kathryn and all of your extended family
    We were stunned to hear of George’s death. We had just enjoyed the company of both of you at the McDermott’ luncheon on Thursday.. please accept our sincerest condolences. George will be missed by many in the community.

  • Robert and Marilyn Martin & Family Posted February 7, 2024 5:44 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of your great loss. George was a great friend and mentor to our children. We will never forget the kindness and loving friendship he bestowed on all of the Martin family. He will be deeply missed.

  • Steve Caswell Posted February 8, 2024 7:08 am

    George was a big influence on my life. I consider him a valuable mentor and a great friend. We started working at Commercial Federal around the same time. He was very experienced and I was just learning the business. I learned so much about the banking business and life in general from George. He assembled a very talented team many of whom became lasting friends. George gave so much to all of us. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathryn and his family in this difficult time.

  • Sue Stahlnecker Venteicher Posted February 8, 2024 10:18 am

    What a wonderful tribute to a man that raised a family that has given so much to others. May you find comfort in all your memories.

  • Larry and Jeanne Buland Posted February 8, 2024 5:24 pm

    We miss George but with fond memories. I will always appreciate that George spent some of his retirement years mentoring many of us at Buland Group. I thank Kathryn for hosting our company dinner! George leaves a legacy of family, friends, and a better life for others.

  • Fred Salzinger Posted February 8, 2024 9:23 pm

    I worked closely with George at Creighton and thoroughly enjoyed it. He was insightful, creative and a joy to work with there. My deepest condolences to his family and freinds.

  • Marg Allen Posted February 9, 2024 9:08 am

    I had the pleasure of playing golf with George, Mary and John at Four Lakes Golf Course, Port Huron, Michigan a few years ago. It was a fun day with the 3 Griebs. Mary spoke often and always lovingly about her big brother and his wonderful family.He will be missed. He had a life well-lived. He is home …. Loving thoughts and wishes .. Mary’s Canadian friend

  • Patricia Macdonald Posted February 10, 2024 7:58 am

    Sincerest condolences to Mrs. Grieb, all of the family, and all who loved Mr. Grieb with prayers that your hearts will heal gently. I will remember, always, Mr. Grieb’s warmth and kindness.

  • Lorraine Maloney Posted February 22, 2024 12:59 pm

    In sympathy to sister, Mary Grieb whom I have had the pleasure to
    know when our paths crossed in Michigan.

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