Tuesday, December 16, 2008

George Vrieling, 103

George Vrieling, 103, of Grangeville, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2008, at his home in Grangeville.

George was born September 30, 1905 at Manhattan, Montana, a son of Lambert and Aussilina Hamming Vrieling. The family moved to Hollister, Idaho before moving to Grangeville where he received his education.

He married Tena Workman on November 1, 1927 at Grangeville. Together they farmed and ranched near Grangeville. Tena passed away in 1973. He married Beulah Riek in 1976 and following their marriage, he retired and moved into town.

He enjoyed gardening, raising chickens, and living the farming and ranching life. He was a member of the Grangeville Christian Reformed Church.

He is survived by his wife Beulah; his daughters, Helen Walker of Clarkston, Washington, Johanna and Orville Biggers and Bertha and Dick Arends, all of Grangeville; his sons, John and Jeannette Vrieling and George and Ruth Vrieling, all of Grangeville; seventeen grandchildren, and many great and great great grandchildren. George is also survived by his stepchildren, Bob Riek of Peck, Idaho, Marilyn Krieger of Cottonwood, and Ron Riek of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Garit and Edward.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at 1:00 p.m., at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Private family burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville. Viewing will be held Tuesday, December 16, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Family suggests memorials may be made to the Gideon’s or to the Memorial Fund of the Grangeville Christian Reformed Church, c/o Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 No Mill St., Grangeville, Idaho 83530.