Dr. Carl V. GriesyDr. Carl V. Griesy passed away Thursday morning Oct. 10, 2013.
Dr. Carl V. Griesy passed away Thursday morning Oct. 10, 2013.
He was born Dec. 27, 1928 in Belmond, Iowa.
After graduating from high school at age 16, he went onto study pre-med at Luther College. Carl then enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 as a surgical technician. He was full of stories about his time in Okinawa. After receiving a World War II Victory Medal, he was discharged in 1948. It was at this time he began his studies to become a medical doctor. He earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa, and took his first position as a family practice physician in Rock Rapids, Iowa. In the early 1970's because of his love of the Two Harbors area, he accepted a position at the Two Harbors Clinic. Not long after, he opened his private practice in Two Harbors. In 1993 he closed his practice and took a position as the first Urgent Care physician at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, where practiced for 10 more years, before retiring.
Carl was asked at the nursing home what he did for fun; he replied "I love being a doctor." He also enjoyed breakfast every Saturday morning with his good friend Don Cameron. Eventually others joined them and thus was born the Algonquian Club.
He was preceded in death by his mother Selma Hill Griesy Johnson and his father, Carl Cato Griesy.
Carl is survived by his wife of 30 years, Louise; his children, Gabriel Fransen (Kelsey), Jeremiah Fransen (Lisa), Eric Fransen (Leigh), Phillip Griesy, Jonathan Griesy (Pam), Emily Griesy Perry (Chub), Paul Griesy (Kathy), Mary Griesy Anderson (Greg), Carl Grey (Kathleen), Kay Pond (Mick), and Rebecca Jane Griesy (Tom Baldes); 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Griesy.
In accordance with Carl's wishes, he wanted no viewing or funeral service. He was cremated and in the spring his ashes will be taken to Belmond, where he will be buried beside his father. For those that wish to make a donation in memory of Dr. Griesy, donations may be sent to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540 or autismspeaks.org.
To sign the online register book please visit www.cavallinfuneralhome.com.