Lyle Eugene Grieb
Sept. 13, 1919 – Nov. 9, 2018
Lyle Eugene Grieb, 99, Rugby, died on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, North Dakota. Lyle was born on September 13, 1919
at Wolford, North Dakota to Paul Eugene and Sarah Ella (Hittle) Grieb. He was raised in the area and graduated from Rugby High School in 1937.
He moved to Ketchikan, Alaska shortly thereafter. Lyle started his career as a mariner at a marine salvage company. He quickly learned how to operate small ships and obtained his captain’s license. In 1940 he started to work for the United States Army engineer branch as a civilian worker. In December, 1941 he was placed in military service in the Army Transportation Corp. He operated Army vessels during World War II in many regions of the Pacific Ocean. He was discharged from his maritime service in the military in August 1945.
After the war, Lyle worked for Foss Brothers Shipping Company in Seattle for many years. He operated ocean going tug boats and other ships as the captain and chief
engineer in the Alaska and Pacific regions. He retired in 1981.
He took pride in the fact that he built 3 houses in the Seattle area during his retirement years. Lyle moved to Rugby in 2002. Many people will remember that he enjoyed the company of a green parrot, who always called him “Captain” for many years.
He married Dorothy Lucille Abrahamson in Seattle, Washington in 1973. Mrs. Grieb died March 23, 1999.
He was a member of the Inland Boatman’s Union of the Pacific and the Clarence Larson Post # 23 American Legion in Rugby.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a brother, Harold, and two sisters, Merle Kraft and Lorraine Peterson.
Military honors will be provided by the Clarence Larson Post and the North Dakota Military Honors Detail at a graveside service at the Persilla Watts Cemetery in Rugby on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.
Online tributes at www.niewoehnerfh.com Niewoehner Funeral Home – Rugby 701-776-6222