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Alan Griep

Alan Henry Griep, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 13, 2018. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey on November 21, 1938 to the late Henry and Henrietta (Piekema) Griep.

The Griep family moved to Preston, Maryland around 1942 when Alan was just a young boy. He spent his childhood on the family farm, surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of the lower eastern shore. This tranquility permeated Alan’s temperament as all who know him can attest to his kind and gentle nature.

He graduated as valedictorian from Preston High School and later attended LeHigh University to earn dual Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Information Sciences and Mathematics.  Alan served honorably in the US military and attended language school where he learned Russian and German so that he could translate intercepted code while stationed in northern Turkey. Through his travels and military service over the years Alan learned seven languages.

Alan lived an adventurous life in his earlier phase of adulthood. After completing his military service in Turkey, he decided to stay abroad and settled in northern Germany. He later moved back to the United States to continue his studies at LeHigh University in Pennsylvania and it was there that his first daughter, Fae, was born. They later moved back to Germany and Alan remained there for 15 years. He worked as a programmer in the burgeoning era of the computer age.  Alan was also an avid motorcyclist while in Germany and regularly joined a riding group on tours through the countryside and coastlines near Bremen.  In the early 1980’s Alan resettled once again on the eastern shore, this time with his daughters Laura and Hope.  Alan worked various jobs over the years and especially enjoyed his time as a tutor through Dorchester Public Schools in his later years.

Alan met Bessie Evans at Jubilee Christian Fellowship where they were both members. They were married on August 7, 2005 and enjoyed a strong union in faith and love. Alan was very active at JCF and served as an usher and a greeter over his 35 years as a member. Alan was always willing to lend a helping hand and appreciated the supportive network of the JCF congregation. He was a man of strong faith and we know he is now rejoicing in heaven.

Alan is survived by wife, Bessie; sister, Judy; daughters Fae, Hope, and Laura; grandchildren Pearse, Saoirse, and Kai; nieces and nephews, Brian, Chris, Yvonne and David; and cousin, Marilyn. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roger.

A memorial service will be held at Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home on Sunday, October 7th at 2 pm with Pastor George Wheatley officiating, followed by a Celebration of Life beginning  4 pm at Jubilee Christian Fellowship. Burial will be held on Monday, October 8th beginning 11 a.m. with military honors at the Junior Order Cemetery, Preston, MD.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jubilee Christian Fellowship, PO Box 202, Cambridge, MD, 21613.

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Dear Miss Bessie,I was so sad in reading in the paper that Alan had passed. He was a very humble man, one could see Jesus in him.The "Life Chain" that you and he so faithfully participated in will be this Sunday from 2-3:30. I will surely miss youboth, but I know that both of you will be there in spirit. Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Respectfully, Olivia Schunick (the red headed lady)

Olivia Schunick Oct 4 2018 12:00 AM

Chris and I are saddened that this great man has left us. We appreciate the time we were able to spend with him. Bessie, we are ever so sorry.

Christopher and Catherine Young Oct 2 2018 12:00 AM

Such a great man! Even to fathom of his loss...but wow what a blessing to leave knowing him. Thank you for being YOU! GOD BLESS YOU!

Colleen Curran- Bromwell Sep 21 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lite in remembrance. Deepest sympathies to the family.

Ron Bromwell4 Sep 20 2018 12:00 AM

Deepest condolences to the Griep family and friends for the loss of your loved one Alan. You will be reunited with Alan again very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth under Jesus Christ Kingdom rule Daniel 2:44, that he taught his followers to pray to come in the Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:9, 10, no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5 jw.org

Sacramenta Landrum Sep 19 2018 12:00 AM

Candle was lit in remembrance. Hold on to God unchanging hands. Joanne M. Chase ( Food Lion)

Joanne M. Chase Sep 17 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alan Griep

kim wingate Sep 17 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alan Griep

Eldridge W. Willey Sep 14 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alan Griep

Gloria McWilliams5 Sep 14 2018 12:00 AM

Bessie and family, I am so sorry about your loss. Sending prayers and condolences.Christine Barlow

Christine Barlow Sep 14 2018 12:00 AM

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