V. Gries of Stayton passed away January 5, 2017. Jim was born
September 21, 1934 to Peter and Nettie (VanHandel) Gries.
He grew up in Sublimity with his six siblings: twins
Muriel Hafner and Marcella Lulay, Donna Lou Frost, Marjorie
Humphreys, his twin Jack Gries, and Gary Gries. He attended
St. Boniface schools and was active playing sports.
high school Jim began working at Freres Lumber Company and
Building Supply where he remained for 47 years. In 1954 he married his high school sweetheart Marilyn Palmer.
They were married for 55 years. Jim leaves behind four
children: James (Mary) Gries, Gary (Christine) Gries, DeAnne
Stuckart, Nette (David) Abderhalden; grandchildren Craig
(Brooke) Gries, Jaime (David) Shachter, Marcus (Jessica) Gries,
Kelsey Abderhalden, Rachel and Kyra Gries, Erica and Branden
Stuckart; and great grandchildren, Emmy and Elin Gries, Sara
and Abigail Shachter; and sister-in-law DeAnne Sumpter.
enjoyed outdoor activities, watching sports, and spending time
with his family. He also volunteered his time to the Boy
Scouts of America and the Immaculate Conception Parish.
preceded in death by his wife Marilyn Gries, sisters Muriel
Hafner, Marcella Lulay, Marjorie Humphreys, brother Jack Gries,
son-in-law Randy Stuckart, and grandson Jeremy Gries.
will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in
Stayton, Rosary Vigil: Sunday
January 15, 2017, 6.30PM. Funeral Mass: Monday, January 16,
2017, 10:30 AM. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery, Stayton. In
lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Mary/Regis.
Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.