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John M. Greig July 3, 1934 – Feb. 24, 2018

February 28, 2018
Estherville News

A memorial service for John M. Greig, 83, of Estherville will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Cory Allard officiating. Military rites will be provided by VFW Post 3388 of Estherville. He died on Feb. 24, 2018, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus in Rochester, Minn.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at the Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville.

John Morse Greig, the son of Jno. E. and Florence (Morse) Greig, was born on July 3, 1934, in Estherville.

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He received his education in the Estherville schools, graduating from high school in 1952. He received a B.S. from University College with an emphasis in Business/Finance, University of Minnesota in 1956. While at the U of M, he was a member of the Reserved Officers Training School (ROTC). He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He received his M.S. from Iowa State University College of Agriculture in animal production with an emphasis in ruminant nutrition in 1960.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota he served two years in the US Army as a First Lieutenant, first at Ordinance Basic Officer Training School at Aberdeen, Md., graduating #1 in his class, and later completing his tour of duty at Fort Hood, Texas. During the Berlin crisis in the fall of 1961, John was recalled to active duty and served four months at Ft. Lewis, Washington.

On Aug. 3, 1958, he married Connie Kint at the United Methodist Church in Estherville. The couple spent the following year in Huxley, while John completed his M.S. degree and Connie taught school. Upon his graduation, they returned to Emmet County where John managed Greig and Company, in association with his father and his brother, Hugh. The role of president of Greig and Co was passed in succession from John's father to John, and finally to his son, Joe.

While farming, John was asked to make presentations on topics dealing with livestock production and nutrition throughout the country and testified before Congress on occasion. He served on the USDA Grains and Forage Crops committee, as well as conducting feedlot research for American Breeders' Service, Eli Lilly, and others.

He was a director and proud founder of North Star Bank in Estherville, which opened April 1, 1997. He served as chairman of the board of directors for many years, and he was currently on the board of directors.

He was a member of the founding board of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, and he served as its third president in 1975 and 1976. He chaired the Environmental Committee for many years, and he served on the executive committee of the National Cattlemen's Association.

He was appointed to serve on the Iowa Board of Regents, 1985 to 1991.

Oct. 8, 1987, he received a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic and observed this date as his "second birthday." Ever the pioneer, John was patient number 114 for this procedure and it required a stay of several months.

At the suggestion of the governor, John ran for the Iowa Legislature and served 1992 to 1998. He had no desire to be a politician, or to live in Des Moines, for that matter. After much inner debate, his conclusion was, "Iowa has been good to me and my family, and I need to give something back." He chaired the House Ethics Committee, vice-chaired the House Ways and Means Committee and vice chaired the joint Budget Committee on Education.

In 1965, John received the Carnegie Hero Award for rescuing a man who had lost consciousness from fumes in a well pit.

In 1990, John and Connie were inducted into the Cattlemen's Hall of Fame, presented by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association. In 1992, they were inducted into the Animal Science Hall of Fame, presented by the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. In 1994, John received the Floyd Andre Award for distinguished service to agriculture, presented by Iowa State University. In 1998, the Greig family received the Midwest Environmental Stewardship Award, presented by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, recognizing cattlemen whose natural resources stewardship practices contribute to the environment and enhance productivity and profitability. In 2017, John and Connie were awarded the Iowa Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.

Until the time of his death, John retained an active interest in his various pursuits and remained current regarding new developments in all areas of animal nutrition. He was a director of Brokers National Life Assurance, with headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, and a member of the American Society of Animal Science. He was a very involved part owner of ICON AG with John Deere dealerships in western Iowa.

At home, he continued to take an active interest in the farming activities of Will and Joe and did much of their baling for them. The highlight of any day was a call from either one of them discussing various business or nutritional options and asking for his advice. John and Connie thoroughly enjoyed their many employees over the years.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Special times for him were taking his family and horses high in the mountains of Montana and Wyoming for a week of camping and fishing, and later turkey and antelope hunting with his friend, Scott. His true pride and joy were his grandchildren. He delighted in their successes and accomplishments, and he loved them dearly.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Connie; son, Will and his children, Austin (Annye), and Marci (Tyler); son, Joe and his wife Jodie, and their children Taylor and Clayton; sisters-in-law, Jan Greig and Marietta Kint; nieces Sue (Curt) Dare and children Sarah (Heath), Brent, and Savannah, and Mary Petit and nephews Jack (Marie-Line) Kint and their daughters Pauline and Alexandrea; Jeff (Joyce) Kint and his children Anna, Nathan and Andrew.

Preceding him in death are his parents, brother, Hugh, and brother-in-law Jack Kint.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Avera Holy Family Hospital Foundation in Estherville or Liver Transplant Research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

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