Urban A. Gretter & Rita I. Gretter
||Urban Gretter |
March 11, 1909 – March 7, 2006
Urban Gretter, 96, Kokomo, died 5:25 a.m.
Tuesday March 7, 2006, at Waterford Place
Health Campus in Kokomo.
He was born March 11, 1909, in Napa, Idaho, a son of
Aloyoius and Celeste (Keller) Gretter.
On Sept. 3, 1939, he married Rita Hoge in Plymouth at St. Michaels Catholic Church.
Urban was the owner of the Gretters grocery store in Culver for 22 years. He retired in
1977 and bought a house in North Fort Myers, Fla., where he and his wife lived for 25 years.
Urban was an avid golfer and also enjoyed fishing. He liked to work around his home and enjoyed playing cards, especially
Euchre and Royal Rummy.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 66 years, Rita (Hoge) Gretter of Greentown; two sons, Gary and wife Sandy (Silk)
Gretter of Greencastle, Phillip and wife Barbara (Holm) Gretter of Plymouth; one daughter, Carmen and husband Robert Dickson
of Kokomo; one brother, Cletus and wife Jenny Gretter of Greencastle; two sisters, Loretta Hope and Teresa Navarro, both of
Long Beach, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Neta Hogebrugh; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving
are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Paul, Clem, Bob, and Mark Gretter;
and two sisters, Ethel Roth and Margurite Baxter.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. 200 W. Burial will take place at a later date
in the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Florida. Memorial contributions would be appreciated to St. Joan of Arc
Catholic Church. Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, Kokomo, is assisting the family with arrangements. -
Kokomo Tribune - 8 March 2006
KOKOMO - Urban 'Druke' Gretter, 96, of Kokomo, died at 5:25 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2006
at the Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo. He was born on March 11, 1909 in Napa,
Idaho the son of Aloyoius and Celeste (Keller) Gretter. On Sept. 3, 1939 he married Rita Hoge in
Plymouth at the St. Michaels Catholic Church.
Urban was the owner of the Gretters Grocery store in Culver for 22 years. He retired in 1977 and
bought a house in North Fort Myers, Fla. were he and his wife lived for 25 years. Urban was an
avid golfer and also enjoyed fishing. He liked to work around his home and enjoyed playing
cards especially euchre and rummy.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 66 years, Rita (Hoge) Gretter, of Kokomo; two sons, Gary
and wife Sandy (Silk) Gretter of Greencastle; Phillip and wife Barbara (Holm) Gretter of
Plymouth; one daughter, Carmen and husband Robert Dickson of Kokomo; one brother, Cletus
and wife Jenny Gretter of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; two sisters, Loretta Hope and Teresa Navarro
both of Long Beach, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Neta (Hoge) Brugh, eight grandchildren and five
great- grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in
death by her parents; four brothers named Paul, Clem, Bob, and Mark Gretter; and two sisters
named Ethel Roth and Margurite Baxter.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2006 at the St. Joan of Arch Catholic Church
3155 S. 200 W. Kokomo. Burial will be at a later date in the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens
Cemetery in Fort Myers, Fla. Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, 2097 West Alto Road,
Kokomo is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions would be
appreciated to the St. Joan of Arch Catholic Church.
Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home 2097 West Alto Road, Kokomo € 765-453-2310
|| Rita I. Gretter|
June 1, 1915 - Feb. 11, 2007
Rita I. Gretter, 91, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, in the Waterford Place Healthcare Campus in Kokomo. She was a
former longtime resident of North Fort Myers, Fla., and a most recent resident of Greentree at Kokomo.
She was born June 1, 1915, in Morris, Ill., to Fred J. Hoge and Helen Edna (Livsey) Hoge, both deceased.
On Sept. 3, 1939, she married Urban A. Gretter in Plymouth, and Mr. Gretter passed away on March 7, 2006.
Mrs. Gretter and her husband owned and operated the Gretter Grocery Store and Meat Market in Culver for over 23 years before retiring.
She also is a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority in Plymouth and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary in Culver. Her favorite pastimes
were golf, bowling, and playing bridge and euchre, and she was also an avid sports fan. Mrs. Gretter is a member of St. Joan of Arc
Catholic Church in Kokomo.
She is survived by two sons, Mr. Gary U. Gretter and wife Sandra, Greencastle, and Mr. Philip H. Gretter and wife Barbara, Plymouth;
one daughter, Mrs. Carmen M. Dickson and husband Robert, Kokomo; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Neta F.
Brugh, North Fort Myers, Fla.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, husband and one brother.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. 200 W., Kokomo, with Father Andrew
Dudzinski officiating. Internment will be held at a later date in the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Fort Myers, Fla. Friends
may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, 2097 W. Alto Road, Kokomo, with a rosary service
held at ns may be made to the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to
the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
Kokomo Tribune 13 Feb. 2007
Culver Citizen 22 Feb. 2007
They lived at 322 E. Lakeshore Dr. Culver on the northwest corner of Lakview and Lakeshore. When they lived there
the house was brown and the sideing was wood shake shingled and the porch was open.
|Philip H. Gretter Sr., a man of great faith, was taken homeward to be in Heaven with his Lord and Savior on
Saturday afternoon after experiencing a sudden heart attack while visiting the office of Dr. Byron Holm at the
LifePlex accompanied by his beloved wife, Barb.
Phil was born on October 12, 1943 in Plymouth to Urban A. and Rita I. (Hoge) Gretter. In 1962, he graduated
from Culver High School.
On September 23, 1978, Phil married the love of his life, Barbara A. Holm, and they spent each day of the next
37 years at one another’s side.
Phil served as a lineman and serviceman for NIPSCO and retired after 35 years. Always full of energy and eager to
serve others, he went back to work as a real estate agent at Masterson and Associates. Additionally, he began
volunteering at LaVille Elementary School reading to K-3 students. Reading to the children for the past 16 years,
this became an important ministry for him, and he always felt honored, privileged, and blessed to be able to share
his joy and love with the children. Known as “The Mint Man,” Phil could usually be found handing out his signature
green Starlight mints with his trademark smile, sparkling laughter, and an enthusiastic, “Mint Break!”
Phil is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara, three children, three grandchildren, and two siblings. His eldest son,
David, lives in Fishers, IN, with his wife Whitney, and their three children, Dane, McKenzie, and Reese. His eldest
daughter, Jill A. Gretter, lives in Florence, KY. His youngest son, Philip Gretter Jr. (PJ), will marry his fiancé,
Charlotte Ridenour, in April with intentions to reside in Indianapolis, Indiana. His brother Gary Gretter resides with
his wife Sandy in Greencastle, IN. His sister, Carmen Dickson, resides in Kokomo, IN. His brother-in-law and
sister-in-law, Dr. Byron and Mary Holm of Plymouth, also survive along with many nieces and nephews.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Robert Dickson.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 9th from 4 - 8 p.m. EDT in the sanctuary of Plymouth Wesleyan
Church, 11203 S. Michigan St.
Services will be held at the church on Wednesday, February 10th at 11 a.m. EDT. led by friend and former
Pastor Lyle Breeding along with Pastor Ollie Dongell. Visitation will continue in the church after 10 a.m. until
time of services.
A luncheon and time of continued sharing will immediately follow services in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial gifts may be given to LaVille Elementary School or Plymouth Wesleyan Church. -
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