Alan Henry Griep

Dorchester Star - - OBITUARIES -

PRE­STON — Alan Henry Griep went home to be with the Lord on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13, 2018. He was born in Pater­son, NJ on Nov. 21, 1938 to the late Henry and Hen­ri­etta (Piekema) Griep.

The Griep fam­ily moved to Pre­ston, Md. around 1942 when Alan was just a young boy. He spent his child­hood on the fam­ily farm, sur­rounded by the beauty and peace­ful­ness of the lower Eastern Shore. This tran­quil­ity per­me­ated Alan’s tem­per­a­ment as all who know him can at­test to his kind and gen­tle na­ture.

He grad­u­ated as vale­dic­to­rian from Pre­ston High School and later at­tended Le­High Univer­sity to earn dual Bach­e­lor’s and Mas­ter’s De­grees in In­for­ma­tion Sci­ences and Math­e­mat­ics. Alan served hon­or­ably in the U.S. mil­i­tary and at­tended lan­guage school where he learned Rus­sian and Ger­man so that he could trans­late in­ter­cepted code while sta­tioned in north­ern Turkey. Through his trav­els and mil­i­tary ser­vice over the years Alan learned seven lan­guages.

Alan lived an ad­ven­tur­ous life in his ear­lier phase of adult­hood. Af­ter com­plet­ing his mil­i­tary ser­vice in Turkey, he de­cided to stay abroad and set­tled in north­ern Ger­many. He later moved back to the United States to con­tinue his stud­ies at Le­High Univer­sity in Penn­syl­va­nia and it was there that his first daugh­ter, Fae, was born. They later moved back to Ger­many and Alan re­mained there for 15 years. He worked as a pro­gram­mer in the bur­geon­ing era of the com­puter age. Alan was also an avid mo­tor­cy­clist while in Ger­many and reg­u­larly joined a rid­ing group on tours through the coun­try­side and coast­lines near Bre­men.

In the early 1980s, Alan re­set­tled once again on the Eastern Shore, this time with his daugh­ters, Laura and Hope. Alan worked var­i­ous jobs over the years and es­pe­cially en­joyed his time as a tu­tor through Dorch­ester Pub­lic Schools in his later years.

Alan met Bessie Evans at Ju­bilee Chris­tian Fel­low­ship where they were both mem­bers. They were mar­ried on Aug. 7, 2005 and en­joyed a strong union in faith and love. Alan was very ac­tive at JCF and served as an usher and a greeter over his 35 years as a mem­ber. Alan was al­ways will­ing to lend a help­ing hand and ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port­ive net­work of the JCF con­gre­ga­tion. He was a man of strong faith and we know he is now re­joic­ing in heaven.

Alan is sur­vived by wife, Bessie; sis­ter, Judy; daugh­ters: Fae, Hope, Laura; grand­chil­dren: Pearse, Saoirse, Kai; nieces and neph­ews: Brian, Chris, Yvonne, David; and cousin, Mar­i­lyn. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; and brother, Roger.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at New­comb and Collins Fu­neral Home on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7th at 2 p.m. with Pas­tor Ge­orge Wheat­ley of­fi­ci­at­ing, fol­lowed by a Cel­e­bra­tion of Life be­gin­ning 4 p.m. at Ju­bilee Chris­tian Fel­low­ship. Burial will be held on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8th, be­gin­ning 11 a.m. with mil­i­tary hon­ors at the Ju­nior Or­der Cemetery, Pre­ston, MD.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Ju­bilee Chris­tian Fel­low­ship, P.O. Box 202, Cam­bridge, MD 21613.

To share on­line con­do­lences with the fam­ily, please visit: www.new­com­b­collins.com.

ALAN HENRYGRIEP

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