Russell Greifzu

July 2, 1934May 14, 2018

Russell Elmo Greifzu was born July 2, 1934 to Johan Frederick and Elma Helen (Cox) Greifzu and left this life May 14, 2018, leaving a wife Doris Mae Greifzu; a daughter, Debrah (Jim) Stover; four sons: Daniel (Kathy), James Richard, Brett and Bart Griefzu; also leaving eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, with three more great-grandchildren on the way. Preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers: John, George, Ed, and Ralph; one sister, Helen Adams; great-grandson, Brantley Charles Greifzu; and his step-dad, Oscar Baker.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem, IL. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow at McKendree Cemetery in Mt. Erie.

Russell will be dressed casually so attenders are asked to do the same.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marion Christian Church, and envelopes will be available at the service.

Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

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  • Visitation Friday, May 18, 2018
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Karen Marks

May 18, 2018

I met Russell and the Greifzu family through church. Russell was such a positive person and always said something upon greeting him about what a beautiful day it was. When asked to do a prayer he always prayed for Tom, Gill, or Ray or whoever was teaching. I appreciated that. He always was thankful for the blessings that were given to us. He was genuine when greeting people with a smile. He loved children and babies. If a baby or small child was in church, he would go over to talk to or see them. I appreciated the Greifzu family holding my babies when they were in church because after being home with them all week, I was glad for someone to take over because I really wanted to hear the sermon at a time I really needed it. Russell was a great role model for his family and all in our church. I will miss his insight to our Bible lessons. He was very knowledgeable in this area. He will be greatly missed.

Ashli Gerber

May 16, 2018

He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed.

Glenna and Quinn Hunley

May 16, 2018

He always had a big smile, he was so kind and offering to help if needed. He will be missed. Hugs and prayers to the families for your loss.