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Obituary for Kenneth P. Gribi

Kenneth P. Gribi, 89, of La Crosse, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, at Bethany Riverside Nursing Facility, La Crosse. He was born July 15, 1927, in La Crosse, to Paul and Ida (Roberg) Gribi. Ken was a graduate of Central High School in La Crosse. From age 17 until age 30, Ken served in the United States Navy, first during WWII and later as a radio operator on the USS Jefferson during the Korean Conflict. Ken graduated from radio school in Minneapolis and worked for a time at WCCO in Minneapolis. On June 20, 1964, he married Vivian (North) Rank. Ken was employed at Trane Company in La Crosse for many years. After retiring, Ken and Vivian enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Europe. They also were members of English Lutheran Church in La Crosse where they sang in the church choir. On November 27, 2013, Vivian preceded Ken in death. Ken's hobbies included trout fishing, deer hunting, bowling, photography, and operating his ham radio of which his handle was W9WMB. He truly loved electronics and repaired many items, not only for individuals but volunteered his time to repair items for various places. Survivors include two step-children, Kathy (Dennis) Case of Westminster, Calif., and Stan (Claire) Rank of Onalaska; three grandchildren, Erin (Matt) Stone, Jason (Kristy) Case, and Matt Case; and one great grandchild, Colin Stone. In addition to his wife, Ken was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 6, 2017, at English Lutheran Church, 1509 King St., La Crosse. Rev. Mark Solyst will officiate. After a time of fellowship, entombment will be in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors by the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at The family would like to give a special thank you to the staffs of Bethany Riverside and Gundersen Hospice for the compassionate care given to Ken.