Ernie Greinke lived a Christian lifestyle and made a positive impact on everyone he met, said his son, Dave Greinke.
“He was a positive person,” he said. “He had a way of making people feel special and important and being a positive force in their lives.”
Ernest Greinke, 89, of Schererville, died May 10. He worked at U.S. Steel for 34 years, retiring as a supervisor in the energy division. He was on the board of directors 19 years at PRO Finance Credit Union and had been a math tutor for GED students for 15 years. He was a member of Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in France, Germany, Japan and the Philippines.
He is survived by Dotti Greinke, his wife of 68 years.
“They were a loving, caring couple and always willing to forgive,” he said.
He was an avid card player, and was a member of the Pinochle Union Club. He loved to play cards with his friends at U.S. Steel, where he was known as “Dirty Ernie” for the sly way he would drop key cards during games.
“He excelled at card games that relied on skill, not luck,” his son said.
Greinke loved sports, and loved following the Bears, White Sox and Blackhawks.
He enjoyed reading, working in his garden and doing some wood working. Always an engineer, at one time he ordered a kit to build an organ, which he then taught himself how to play.
Dave Greinke said he admired his father for the way he lived the Christian lifestyle.
“He was always was heavily involved in church, and always did his best to live out the Christian life the way it was supposed to be lived,” he said. “He was a pretty tough yard stick to measure up against.”