Karl “Gene” Greer was always joking around and making people laugh, said his grandson, Karl Greer III.
“We always joked that he was 70, but acted 49,” he said. “He always wanted to make people happy, even if he had to go without something himself.”
Greer, 70, of Valparaiso, died June 9. He owned and operated Gene’s Trucking for more than 30 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kouts.
He is survived by Glenda Greer, his wife of 48 years.
He began his trucking company after he was laid off at one of the steel mills.
“He built the business himself, from the ground up,” he said. “He accomplished so much.”
Greer valued hard work and spending time with his family and church.
“He was the hardest-working person I ever met,” his grandson said. “He worked harder than people my age.”
Greer enjoyed camping, especially trips to Tennessee.
He could talk to anyone about anything, from telling a joke to talking about his faith.
“He was a loving guy, and was always willing to go out of his way for people,” the younger Greer said. “He was a happy person. He was always upbeat and joking. A good guy.”