Frank A. Gripp, Jr., 77, of Annawan, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Friday, September 6, 2013 at his home. A memorial mass to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan, IL. Rev. Mark Miller will celebrate. Inurnment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Annawan. A Visitation for Frank will be held from 4-7 pm on Monday at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd, Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30pm. Memorials may be directed to the Frank Gripp, Jr. Memorial Fund. Per his request cremation rites have been accorded.
Frank was born August 6, 1936 in Annawan, IL, the son of Francis A. and Margaret (Vandersnick) Gripp, Sr. He graduated from Annawan High School in 1954. He proudly served his country in the Army Reserves from 1954 to 1962. On December 29, 1956 he was united in marriage to Sharon K. DeReu at the Sacred Heart Church in Annawan, IL. Frank had been a co-owner and driver of Gripp Trucking in Annawan for 50 years, retiring in 2013.
Frank was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Holy Name Society. In previous years Frank had been a member of the Sacred Heart School Board, the Annawan/ ALBA Fire Department, and he enjoyed golfing and rolle- bolle. He had been an avid go-kart racer participating in numerous races. Frank also enjoyed spending time with his entire family.
Survivors include his wife Sharon; 1 son: Guy (Brenda) Gripp, Annawan, IL; 2 daughters: Gay Childs, Keller, TX, Gina Watters, Rock Island, IL: 8 grandchildren: Adam (Michelle) Childs, Ashley (Brian) Thomsen, Chad (Tara) Gripp, Andrew (Julie) Gripp, Garrett Gripp, Anthony Gripp, Damian Olvera, Lindsay (Jose)Perez; 12 great grandchildren: Kendall, Reece, Tessa, Kellen, and Addison and Whitney Gripp; Alexander, Anthony and Ava Olvera; Emilio, Elias and Esai Perez; 1 brother: Pete (Dawn) Gripp, Annawan, IL; 1 sister: Margaret Marshall, Toulon, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters Marlene Miller and Mary Anne Stone.