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Walter Greb

Walter William Greb June 9, 1929-September 20, 2009

Walt Greb passed away at home on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at the age of 80.

Walt was born in Orland, California June 9, 1929, to Lena and Oliver Greb. Walt spent his younger years in the Philippines, Hong Kong and main land China where his father was a mining engineer. His family moved to Yolo County in 1942. He served in the California National Guard, Battery B Field Artillery.

Walt moved his young family to Davis in 1968. He worked most of his career in the Sheet Metal Department, Physical Plant, U. C., Davis. He was a past member of the sheet metal and ironworkers unions.

Walt loved road trips and bragged of having seen all fifty states. He was a SCUBA instructor and founding member of the U. C., Davis SCUBA control board. Walt was a member of the U. C., Davis Half Century Club. He was the neighborhood fixit man, always lending a hand.

Walt is survived by members of his loving family: his beloved wife, Karen of Davis; his daughters Deborah Greb-Ferris of Sacramento, Doreen Greb (husband Paul Clark) of Davis; granddaughter Nicole Greb of Lathrop; grandsons Joseph Slichter (wife Vanessa Casarez), Zachariah Alfred both of Davis, Richerd Wright of Placerville and Tyler Holland of Rocklin. He is also survived by daughters Linda Greb (husband Neil Elder) of Bangor, and Kimberly Borchers (husband Eldon) of Woodland; son Douglas (wife Mary) Greb of Esparto; grandsons Daniel and David Greb, Jason Stevens and Jared Borchers; his sister Barbara (husband Walter) Anders of Lancaster; and numerous nieces and nephews. His sister Christeen Waters preceded him in death.

The family wishes to thank Kaiser Permanente Hospice for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Kaiser Permanente Hospice Program, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (www.marf.org) or a charity ones choice.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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Mom, who ever made Dad they broke the mold. He was and is the best husband, dad, grandfather, and soon to be great grandfather that ever lived.

daddy's little girl Oct 12 2009 12:00 AM

Mom when they made Dad they broke the mold, he was and still is in my heart the best husband, dad, grandfather, and soon to be great grandfather. I miss him and he will always be with us.

baby girl Oct 12 2009 12:00 AM

Karen, Debbie and Doreen: Karen, I miss visiting with you and Walt. I don't know why I haven't come by just to talk. I will try to do so soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you. All my love Claudine

Claudine Olsson Sep 29 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Karen, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Your family where the kindest folks I knew and it hurts to hear such news. My prayers go out to you and your two daughters, the best to and a hearty hug. Joe

joe padilla Sep 29 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Karen and family, my heart goes out to you...because I still feel my own pain. Walter was a good and valued friend, husband, father, & grandfather.... and we will all miss him. I send my love and prayers for you all, Pat

Mrs Pat Young Sep 28 2009 12:00 AM

I knew Walter from the Davis Deep Seaers. During this time we went together to Davis to teach scuba diving lessons. We did a lot of diving and abaloning together. I also was his barber. I'm sorry to learn of his passing.

C A Frank Sep 27 2009 12:00 AM