The Grebe family announces the passing of their father, Alfred H. Grebe, Jr., who died peacefully on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

GREBE, Alfred H. Jr., 91, of Richmond, VA, passed away December 10, 2017. He was born April 3, 1926 and raised in Hollis, Queens County, Long Island, NY.  After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1944 he served in the US Navy for two years during WWII as Aviation Electronics Technician.  He then earned his Electronics Engineering degree and a Master of Science degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. At RPI he was elected into two scholastic societies: Tau Beta Pi and Etta Kappa Nu.  Alfred started his career in 1950 with the Sperry Gyroscope Co.  He worked with an American high-tech company for several years and was sent to Germany to set up manufacturing operations in Munich and Waterlooville, England.  He moved to Richmond in 1977 to accept the position of Dir. of Manufacturing Engineering at General Medical Corp. Within two years he was promoted to Director of the firm’s ten manufacturing operations.  He retired in 1993, but because of his energetic love for manufacturing activities he accepted short-term positions in Richmond with small companies.  In 2003, at the age of 77, he helped two of his local sons break into house-building and worked alongside them in building their first house.  During his adult life he enjoyed surf fishing (especially at Nags Head, NC), piloting small airplanes, snow skiing, water skiing, camping, cross-country touring, and helping neighbors with their household projects.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred H. Grebe, his mother, Stephanie M. Grebe, and his two sisters, Stephanie M. Meier and Camilla A. Lockwood. He is survived by four sons, Alfred H. Grebe III and his wife, Heidi; Roy D. Grebe and his wife, May; Wayne T. Grebe and his wife, Alicia; and Richard L. Grebe and his wife, Diane.  He is also survived by five grandchildren, Alexander, Branch, Valyn, Kai, and Mariel, and many nieces and nephews.  Alfred’s remains will be interred at the GREBE family plot at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, Queens County, Long Island, NY.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the “Alfred H. Grebe Award” fund managed by the Radio Club of America.  Proceeds from this fund are awarded by the Radio Club of America to individuals making “significant achievements of excellence in the engineering and manufacturing of radio equipment.”

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