Allen E. ‘Gene’ Greb

Jan. 2, 1922 - Jan. 18, 2012

Allen E. "Gene" Greb, 90, of Iowa City, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Oaknoll Health Center.

Born Jan. 2, 1922, in Waukesha, the son of Mary Ester (Nutch) Bohl and Delbert Greb,

Gene grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from Immaculate Conception School. He married Mari Bowman on Aug. 29, 1956, at Immaculate Conception Church in Cedar Rapids.

He received his basic flight training in Marana, Ariz., and primary flight training at Thunderbird Field in Phoenix. He later completed advanced flight training at Luke Field - also in Arizona. During World War II, he evacuated the wounded and transported troops and cargo in C-54s. He trained for the Korean War in Harlingen, Texas, and was awarded the Victory Medal and American Campaign Medal. Gene’s last assignment was with the Intelligence Air Defense Command Air Force Reserve in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was relieved from active duty in 1946 and retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force in 1960.

Gene started a Volkswagen dealership in November of 1961 in the old Dodge dealership building at Walnut and Summit streets. He also worked for Chrysler Corp. and Volkswagen of America as a regional manager. Upon his retirement in 1978, he enjoyed discovering and exploring many new adventures.

Gene was a benefactor for Camp Courageous and generously donated coats for those in need. He also donated a Volkswagen van to St. Thomas More Catholic Church so that children of special needs who were being cared for at University of Iowa hospitals and clinics had the opportunity to be transported to Mass.

Survivors include his wife, Mari of Iowa City, and five children: Stephanae Bock of Iowa City and her children, Matt and Maggie Bock, both of Des Moines, Iowa; Mark (Lisa) Greb of Coralville and their children, Jack and Sydney, both of Coralville; Jennifer Greb of Excelsior, Minn., and her children, Nick (fiancee Jasmine Gambrall) of Des Moines and Jamie Rix of Excelsior; Patti Brewington (Mike) of Des Moines and their children, Alex of Denver and Jake and Mari, both of Des Moines; and Lesle Greb (Steven Erickson) of Iowa City. Steven was a was a beloved and caring companion and friend to Gene.

Private funeral services will be held at the Newman Center in Iowa City. The family will greet friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at The Kirkwood Room at Governor’s Ridge, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to Camp Courageous, The Newman Catholic Student Center or Iowa City Hospice.

Lensing Funeral Service, 319-338-8171, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to