Oct. 31, 1926-April 14, 2014
ELKHART — James “Jim” Karl Greiner, 87, passed to the great beyond in a peaceful moment at his home in Elkhart Monday.
He was born Oct. 31, 1926 in Hubbard, Ore., to Karl Greiner of Stolenhoff, Germany, a U.S. citizen, and Edna Ann (Miller) Greiner of Kokomo.
He married Mary Jean Yoder in Middlebury, May 19, 1952.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years; two daughters, Deborah (Denny) Richmond, Goshen, and Cynthia (Brian) Willis, Bloomsburg, Pa.; five grandchildren, Cameron (Meg) Richmond, Indianapolis, Whitney Richmond (fiance, Steve Miller) and Landon Richmond, both of Goshen, and Benjamin Willis and Brenda Beagle, both of Bloomsburg, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Eric Karl Greiner.
James grew up in Upland, Calif. and was a 1944 graduate of Hesston Academy in Kansas. In 1951, he graduated from Goshen College as a music educator. He received a master’s degree in music education from Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, in 1964.
He taught music at Grass Creek and Richland Center Schools in Fulton County; at North Webster, Kosciusko County; at Goshen High School as choir director, orchestra director and creator of the Crimsonaires in 1962.
After two years of training supervisors in industry, he returned to teaching music in the Elkhart schools (North Side Junior High School) until his retirement in 1985.
For 40 years he served as a church choir director in North Webster, Rochester, Warsaw and Elkhart in Baptist and Methodist churches. For several years, he directed the Scottish Rite Choir in South Bend.
During retirement, he delivered motor homes from coast to coast and traveled the Oregon Trail in 1990. His voice was heard on radio and television commercials as well as political campaigns.
He was president of Gallery Communications, an audio/video production company, for 12 years. He was the announcer of the Elkhart Municipal Band for several years and for more than 10 years, he was the voice that inducted members into the RV/MH Hall of Fame.