In memory of
Ruby Jean Griesheimer
In memory of
Ruby Jean Griesheimer
Another member of the greatest generation, Ruby Jean Griesheimer, 96, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on Saturday, May 16th in Niceville, Florida. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Aunt, Sister and Friend. Ruby was born on March 16th, 1924 and was the 10th child of 14 children born to the late Lawrence and Mable Wackler. Ruby grew up on a farm in Southwestern Ohio learning early as a child what it means to work hard. She graduated from Newton High School in Pleasant Hill, Ohio in 1942 where she made many life-long friendships. In 1943, at the age of 19 Ruby left the farm behind. Having never ventured farther than the next county, she took a train ride from Dayton, Ohio to Avon Park, Florida to meet her soon-to-be husband, Donald E. Griesheimer, who was training for war in B-26's. She often spoke of this as one of the finest moments in her life. On the trip down to Florida Ruby developed one her most endearing characteristics, namely that she never met a stranger. She often remarked that the GI's on that train treated her like a queen and she enjoyed conversations with them immensely. Following the war, her husband returned to the military and for the next 20 years Ruby and her growing family followed him to each and every station to which he was assigned. The most challenging move required pulling a 30-foot trailer to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska up the newly completed Al-Can highway in 1948, a difficult journey that took 21 days. Her husband's final station was Eglin Air Force Base where he retired and the family established a home in Valparaiso, Florida. It was during this time that Ruby developed endearing friendships as she worked many years for Drs. Parker and Edwards as their office manager and receptionist. She was very much loved by the patients and many people remember her best there. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Don, her daughter-in-law, Debbie Griesheimer and all but one, Nancy Willis, of her 13 siblings. Ruby is survived by her 4 children, Don Griesheimer (Catherine), Deborah Scofield (Eddie) Rebecca Wackler and Timothy Griesheimer. In addition, her legacy lives on in 11 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Due to the Covid virus, a family memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Wackler Wellness, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing better quality of life to the elderly through exercise. Donations can be submitted to Wackler Wellness, PO Box 90036-0835 , Los Angeles, CA 96835.
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In memory of
Ruby Jean Griesheimer
Another member of the greatest generation, Ruby Jean Griesheimer, 96, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on Saturday, May 16th in Niceville, Florida. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Aunt, Sister and Friend. Ruby was born on March 16th, 1924 and was the 10th child of 14 children born to the late Lawrence and Mable Wackler. Ruby grew up on a farm in Southwestern Ohio learning early as a child what it means to work hard. She graduated from Newton High School in Pleasant Hill, Ohio in 1942 where she made many life-long friendships. In 1943, at the age of 19 Ruby left the farm behind. Having never ventured farther than the next county, she took a train ride from Dayton, Ohio to Avon Park, Florida to meet her soon-to-be husband, Donald E. Griesheimer, who was training for war in B-26's. She often spoke of this as one of the finest moments in her life. On the trip down to Florida Ruby developed one her most endearing characteristics, namely that she never met a stranger. She often remarked that the GI's on that train treated her like a queen and she enjoyed conversations with them immensely. Following the war, her husband returned to the military and for the next 20 years Ruby and her growing family followed him to each and every station to which he was assigned. The most challenging move required pulling a 30-foot trailer to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska up the newly completed Al-Can highway in 1948, a difficult journey that took 21 days. Her husband's final station was Eglin Air Force Base where he retired and the family established a home in Valparaiso, Florida. It was during this time that Ruby developed endearing friendships as she worked many years for Drs. Parker and Edwards as their office manager and receptionist. She was very much loved by the patients and many people remember her best there. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Don, her daughter-in-law, Debbie Griesheimer and all but one, Nancy Willis, of her 13 siblings. Ruby is survived by her 4 children, Don Griesheimer (Catherine), Deborah Scofield (Eddie) Rebecca Wackler and Timothy Griesheimer. In addition, her legacy lives on in 11 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Due to the Covid virus, a family memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Wackler Wellness, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing better quality of life to the elderly through exercise. Donations can be submitted to Wackler Wellness, PO Box 90036-0835 , Los Angeles, CA 96835.
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