Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Life and Death of My Son-in-Law; Bill Greytak

William Ray Greytak of Edwardsville, IL died Saturday November 6, 2010 in his home surrounded by family and close friends after a long and debilitating illness. Born in Butte, MT to Alda and Martin Greytak, Bill was one of seven boys. Until his early 20’s, Bill lived in Long Beach, CA before relocating to St. Louis, MO to live with his brother David who was attending Washington University. While Bill continued in school he took a job working in the warehouse for a St. Louis office furniture company. He became the major owner of the business and took it to the next level. After selling his ownership in the business he started a then new concept in the industry, office furniture remanufacturing, which helped spur on an entire new industry. Bill was a mentor to many and a champion of the ability to give someone a second chance in life. Despite his illness, he remained optimistic and showed a brave face to his family and community. He will be remembered and loved by his surviving family, wife Mary Jo Greytak (Widmer-Richie), daughters Alisa Kelley (Dan Kelley) and Stephanie Greytak (Bob Heinemann), and sons Josh Richie (Rebecca Richie) and Bill Greytak, and grandchildren Alexander, Nicholas, Emilee, Maxwell, Joshua (Wid), Lora, Ryan, Lucy and Olivia. Proceeding him in death are his mother and father, Alda and Martin, his brother, David, and his ex-wife, Pat, mother of Alisa and Stephanie
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the following which held a special place in Bill’s heart:

Metro Community Church Touch Point Autism Services
3551 Ridgeview Road 1101 Olivette Executive Parkway
Edwardsville, IL 62025 Saint Louis, MO 63132

I have deleted the the time and place of the wake and funeral for security reasons. Anyone wanting this information, please email or call me.

Thank you.



Vonster said...

Thoughts and prayers, Merle. Lost both parents in a year and a half a couple years ago. I know.

Merle Widmer said...

Sorry Vonster. Thanks for your comments.