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John Samuel Greff Sr.

March 8, 1931 ~ October 28, 2018 (age 87)

John Samuel Greff, Sr. died peacefully in his sleep, October 28, 2018, in Modesto, CA. He was born March 8, 1931 in Oakland, CA to Grace and Samuel Greff. He graduated from Modesto High School and Modesto Jr. College and enlisted in the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Oriskany. He married Nadine Wood in 1951 and they had 5 children. John retired from the Tri-Valley Container Division in Modesto in 1994. Following his retirement, he and his wife served three months in Ghana, Africa at a Christian Clinic. He was a Scout leader for many years and active with youth and adult camping retreats. He also was involved in the Masonic Order, the American Legion, the Korean War Veterans, and President of his local Union Branch 1528. John served on the Board of Parkview Christian Estates, the Board on the Agape Village, and served on the Board of elders at Davis Park Church of Christ for three decades. John’s greatest joy was to serve God, his family, his country and those less fortunate or in need. He also had a tremendous love for travel and adventure and oftentimes, John invited family and friends along to share in the adventure. John had a heart that was bigger than life itself. He had an exuberant spirit and personality that was contagious and will be missed. John has finally taken his last and long awaited trip that he had hoped for his entire life. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Joseph and his grandson Walt Jr., and daughter-in-law Dolores. His wife Nadine, a daughter Janice McCleskey and her husband Walt, his sons John S. Jr., Jim and his wife Bonnie, and Jeff survive him. He also leaves 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, sister Rebecca Cole and her husband Norman, nephew David and niece Julia. A memorial service will be held at the Davis Park Church of Christ on Nov 9th, at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent in his name to Agape Villages Foster Family Agency @ 3160 Crow Canyon Pl. Suite 120, San Ramon, CA 94583

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