Obituary: Joseph R Greiner, 53, Ludington

January 19, 2017
Joseph Greiner

Joseph Greiner

Obituary: Joseph R Greiner, 53, Ludington


Joseph R Greiner, 53 of Ludington, passed away on January 14, 2017 at his home in Ludington.

Joe was born on January 17, 1964 in Ludington, the son of William and Marlene (Mellberg) Greiner.

He graduated from Ludington Area Schools and married Vangie (Navarro) Greiner on October 10, 1996.

Joe was a man with a love for nature and animals.  His passion was walking with his dog Noah, and sister Cay on the trails near the lakes in Ludington.  He had many talents including playing guitar, stain glass art, carpentry, working with animals, photography and writing.  His short story, ‘The Incident at the Laundry Mat’, was published in 1997. 

Joe and his wife had owned and operated a trucking business for many years in southern Michigan and Texas.  This and his Harley Davidson journeys allowed him the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States.   He loved exploring the landscape and meeting the people he encountered along the way.  He moved back to Ludington in 2013. 

Joe loved cooking, especially for his mom and family.  He was a die-hard Lions fan and on any given game day could be found watching the Lions with his buddies and family.

Joe will be sadly missed and remembered most for his smile, his laugh, his contagious personality, kind heart and ability to befriend anyone as well as his special connection with animals. 

He is survived by his parents, Bill Greiner and Marlene Greiner of Ludington; brother, Don (Lou) Greiner; sisters: Traci (John) Hockstra, Cay (Tim) Strahan, Niki Slaggert; daughter, Samantha Yennior; stepson, Wayne Greiner; as well as his granddaughter and many loved nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Noah. 

A memorial service and celebration of life will take place for Joe at Park Lanes (Stix) Bowling alley in Hamlin Township on Friday evening, January 20.   Anyone wishing to express sympathies may do so by making a donation in Joe’s name to Lakeshore Animal Friends Animal Shelter, PO Box 503, Ludington. 

To share a photo or memory with Joe’s family and friends, feel free to visit his Book of Memories Page at

The family has entrusted arrangements to Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Ludington.

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