March 16, 1932 – February 13, 2018
Dr. Jerald “Jerry” A. Griess, 85, died Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in Murfreesboro, TN from complications related to his blood pressure and Parkinson’s Disease. In hospice care for four days, Jerry passed on peacefully in his sleep.
Jerry was preceded in death by his first wife Roberta Griess and his parents Alfred and Frieda (Engelhardt) Griess. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie Bargmann; his sister Helen; his children Dennis Griess and wife Jaricia Griess, Kathy Griess, and Karen Karshneski and husband Richard Karshneski; along with his step-children Richard Brandon, Douglas Brandon, and Erica Brandon. Jerry had 7 grandchildren (Vanessa, Kurtis, Sara, Acacia, Thomas, Marcus, and Cassandra), and 4 great-grandchildren (Samuel, Micah, Donovan, and Nataleigh).
Jerry was born on March 16, 1932 on the family farm in Clay County, Nebraska. Starting in a one-room schoolhouse and continuing throughout his life, Jerry loved to learn and teach. Jerry received his B.S. from Nebraska Wesleyan University, M.S. from Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State) and PhD. from Penn State University. Jerry served the United States Army in Korea from 1955-1957.
Jerry taught at Penn State University, Rutgers University, and Eastern Michigan University. In 1981, he started the Computer Aided Design degree program at EMU. He received numerous awards, including the Department of Industrial Technology Faculty Merit Award, the College of Technology Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and Advising and the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. He was also awarded the Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. After 31 years with EMU, Jerry retired in 1998 and moved to
While retired in Nederland, he was an active member of the Nederland Area Seniors, Protect Unique Magnolia Association (PUMA), and the Nederland Area Community Presbyterian Church. He also lectured and consulted on Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Front Range Community College. Jerry and Rosalie designed their mountain home in Nederland. He was proud to chop his own firewood and snow-blow the driveway to Magnolia Road up until the age of 81!
In 2014, Jerry and his wife moved to Greencastle, IN where he was an active member of Gobin United Methodist Church. In 2017, they moved to Murfreesboro, TN.
A memorial celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at Nederland Community Presbyterian Church on June 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm.