Julius “Bud” Griesel was always a gentleman and always polite, said Judy Griesel, his wife of 39 years.
“He was a good family man,” she said.
Julius “Bud” Griesel, 90, of Crown Point, died Dec. 11. He had worked 32 years as a public relations officer for Chicago Title Insurance Company.
He was involved in several community organizations, including the Shriners and American Legion. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Crown Point.
He was a prisoner of war during World War II and earned a Purple Heart.
He was one of the first contributors to the World War II Memorial and was a member of the Honor Flight to Washington, DC, on Aug. 7, 2013.
Judy Griesel said her husband didn’t talk a lot about World War II and his experiences as a POW until the last few years of his life.
“He was a prisoner for 9 months, and he was glad to be captured, because only one or two in his platoon were captured, the rest were killed,” she said.
Griesel was an excellent trumpet player, and for years he played with the Goldtones Combo Band.
He loved to dote on his West Highland White Terrier, Erin.
He was an avid golfer and had served as a ranger at the Oak Knoll Golf Course. He also enjoyed golfing trips to Florida with his friends and had golfed many champion golf courses in Ireland.
In 1962, he shot a hole in one, she said.
Judy Griesel said her husband loved to eat, and always complimented her on her cooking.
“It didn’t matter what I made, he always told me he loved it, even if I tried a new recipe and I didn’t think it was very good,” she said. “He was a really good man.”