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Griebel had been Wisconsin's longest serving elected official

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CSI Media news staff | December 26, 2013

ELKHORN -- Wisconsin's longest serving elected official, Walworth County Coroner John Griebel, died Friday Dec. 20, 2013.

A public memorial visitation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at Evergreen Golf Club, N6246 U.S. Highway 12, Elkhorn.

Griebel was in his 26th term as coroner, after first being elected in 1960.

The Walworth County Coroner's Office has investigated more than 18,000 deaths during Griebel's tenure, according to news archives. When he ran for reelection in 2010, Greibel said his office's caseload has increased from 85 per year when Griebel started to about 1,104 in 2009.

Griebel also was active in the local business community, operating for years John's Bootery in Elkhorn, James Bootery of Fort Atkinson, a management and consulting firm since 1963.

John served on the Board of Directors and later as President of the Wisconsin Coroner and Medical Examiners Association.

According to his obituary, Greibel also served as justice of the peace 1957 to 1960, city of Elkhorn Health Officer, Board of Directors of State Bank of Elkhorn, First Wisconsin Bank of Elkhorn and First Star Bank of Lake Geneva.

His professional memberships included 35 years with the Elkhorn Area Fire Department serving as Secretary for 24 years, member of the Elkhorn Lions Club since 1957,Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce and Elkhorn Commercial Development Corporation.

John is survived by his wife Barbara Brand-Griebel.

Private funeral service will be held followed by entombment at Roselawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in the town of Delavan.



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