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Larry John Griep, 62, of Darwin

Larry John Griep, 62, of Darwin, husband of Mary Griep, died Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in Mankato.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 19, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Dave Wollan officiating. Cory Sullivan and Jennifer Griep offered the eulogy. Mike Lauer was the musician and played “Jesus Messiah” and “You Are My King.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
Honorary bearers were David Griep, Daniel Griep, Duane Mattson, Brad Lueneburg, David Soenen, Scott Haag, Dan Ohme, Dean Kirchoff and Kevin Trottier. Military honors were by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Lawrence “Larry” John Griep was born Dec. 3, 1952, in St. Paul, the son of John and Bernadette (Krebsbach) Griep. He was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Paul, and was confirmed in his faith at St. George Catholic Church in Glencoe. He received his education at Glencoe High School, Normandale and St. Cloud State University. He had four brothers and a sister who were among his closest friends.
He entered active military service in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 25, 1972, in Hopkins, and served his country during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on May 29, 1975.
On March 14, 1980, Mr. Griep was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary (Mattson) Griep at the Assembly of God Church in Hutchinson. They were blessed with two children, Cory and Jenny. They made several homes across the country before settling after retirement on Lake Washington in Darwin. Mr. Griep worked for 3M and Edina Realty. The couple had 35 wonderful years of marriage together.
Mr. Griep lived every day of his life to the fullest. He sped through life in every way he could, preferably by speed boat. He had a quick wit and found laughter and jokes in every situation, reserving a smile for everyone he saw. He was the ultimate entertainer, the perfect host. He rarely stopped moving, cleaning, cooking, making drinks for guests, giving all to anyone who wanted. He always looked for the next card game to win, bonfire to start, or friends to take on the next boat road. Mr. Griep had so many nieces and nephews, and was a father and grandfather to so many special kids. His family was extended to all friends’ and neighbors’ families, and he had a special place in his heart for all his kids. With his own children, he was the first to help in any situation, and his generosity will always be remembered and admired. He was a Gopher football fan, and enjoyed  the time he spent in fellowship. He valued faith, family, friends, fun and hard work. He loved his family and friends with great intensity. He touched every person he met, and he will be missed by so many. He loved and is loved.
“Our mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style…you have them all.” — Dan Hatten.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (Mattson) Griep of Darwin; children, Cory Paul (Jenni) Sullivan of St. Paul and Jennifer Lynn Griep of Madison, Wis.; parents, John and Bernadette Griep of Hutchinson; sister, Patricia (Dennis) Braaten of Litchfield; brothers, David (Melanie) Griep of Hutchinson, Daniel (Denise) Griep of Minneapolis, Jay (Desta) Griep of Maple Grove and Steven (Maddy) Griep of Lakeville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Victoria (Marvin) Stuber of Hutchinson, Colleen (Steve) Menze of Hutchinson, Dick Mattson of Hutchinson, Dee (Roy) Guerrero of Dassel and Duane (Elba) Mattson of Dassel; numerous nieces and nephews; and a multitude of great friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman and Gertrude Griep and Alphonse and Gertrude Krebsbach; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lyle and Betty Mattson; and sister-in-law, Sandee Mattson.
Memorials are preferred to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org, Union Gospel Mission at www.ugmtc.org, and Crow River Country Club at www.crowrivergolf.com.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. An online guest book is available at www.hantge.com.