Russell P. Gremel
September 5, 1918 – April 22, 2018
Russell P. Gremel, age 99. Veteran WW II and Korean Conflict. Retired attorney, Scout Master for over 60 years of B.S.A. Troop 979 and lifelong member of the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park. Beloved son of the late Carl and Agnes Gremel. Loving brother of the late Fred Gremel, June Ney and Evelyn Phieffer. Dearest uncle of Diane Samec and Fred Gremel.. Russ deeply touched the lives of many people who will dearly miss him. He was truly a special person. A light has gone out of our lives – Bless you Russ and thank you for being there for us all.
Visitation will be held Thursday and Friday from 3:00 – 9:00 pm at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
Family and friends to meet on Saturday for funeral service at 10:00 am at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings in Chicago. Interment will follow to Irving Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park appreciated.
Congregational Church of Jefferson Park
5320 W. Giddings, Chicago, Illinois 60630
- Visitation Thursday, May 3, 2018
- Visitation Friday, May 4, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, May 5, 2018
Russell P. Gremel
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May 7, 2018
Russ Gremel, was not only my boy scout leader he was my next door neighbor. I probably knew Russ for 65 years. I remember when he can back from the war, which was about the same time as my Uncle Bill did and when my uncle was visiting, the two of them would talk about the war. Russ was open about most things, but not everything. Summer evenings I would wonder over to his front porch and sit on the steps for hours, listening intently to his stories and philosophy of the world. The was well read, very intelligent, had seen a lot and had done a lot.
Rick Keane, Gordy Peters, Art Weiss, Dwight Davis and myself all joined troop 979 before Russ was the leader. As I remember, he was only going to fill in until they could find a permanent replacement for the departing leader. Well, the boys loved and respected him so much, I guess he couldn’t ever leave. Russ not only taught you how to pitch a tent, make a camp fire, read a compass, but he taught boys how to be men and always do the right thing.
They just don’t make men like Russ anymore.
April 24, 2018
Accept my deepest condolences in your loss. As you cope during this difficult time, find strength in the words: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those.......will hear his voice and come out.” John 5:28,29