Herman Frederick Griem, age 88, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Wichita County Health Center in Leoti, Kansas. Herman was born March 2, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma, and adopted as an infant by Frederick Herman & Bertha (Lee) Griem.
He attended elementary school in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, including a one-room school. Herman graduated in 1948 from High School in Maude, Oklahoma. Following high school graduation, he moved with his parents to Wichita County, Kansas, about six miles northeast of Leoti, Kansas. Herman helped his father farm, operated earth moving equipment building terraces and ponds in Wichita County.
In 1951 he enlisted in the military and was inducted at Fort Carson, Colorado. Herman trained in San Marcos, Texas as an aircraft mechanic. His service during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army concluded in 1954 with him earning the rank of Corporal.
He then studied electronics through a correspondence school in New York State, learning how to build his own television and receiving his certificate as an electronic technician. Herman used his knowledge servicing televisions and appliances in Leoti, Kansas for the Gambles Store and Harkness Motors. He later owned and operated his own shop for several years and then worked for Western Hardware in Leoti for twenty-five years until his retirement.
Herman was a man of many talents. He enjoyed woodworking and welding. His children said, “Dad could fix anything”. His special interests lie in music and photography. He played piano, guitar, accordion and his favorite electric organ. He had a small amateur photo-lab in his home where enjoyed developing and printing photos for his family and friends. He also enjoyed collecting cameras. Being outdoor, camping and fishing at Cedar Bluffs Reservoir with his family always gave him pleasure.
On February 11, 1952 he married Georgia Rowton in San Marcos, Texas. They observed their sixty-sixth wedding anniversary this year. They were blessed with Ten children, five boys and five girls. They were lifetime residents of Leoti aside from a short time in Garden City and Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
Herman’s surviving family includes-
Georgia Griem- Leoti, Kansas
Rick & Jean Griem- Scott City, Kansas
Barbara King- Wilburton, Oklahoma
Edward & Susan Griem- Benton, Kansas
Debra & Jerry Eikelberger- Scott City, Kansas
Judy Lechenberg- Greenleaf, Kansas
Kenny & Krisi Griem- Lawrence, Kansas
Rennie & Donna Griem- Salina, Kansas
Elizabeth & John Gould- Leoti, Kansas
Lee Griem- Basehor, Kansas
Delena McCullough- Lamar, Colorado
22 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren an 6 step great great grandchildren.
His parents, a daughter, Nancy Sue Griem, and 2 grandsons, Terri Burch and Alvin Burch precede him in death.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Leoti Cemetery in Leoti, Kansas with Terry Laws presiding. Family will be at Wichita County Senior Center, 108 Indian Road, to receive visitors following services.
Friends may call from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.
Memorials may be given to Wichita County Health Center in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at priceandsons.