SIERRA VISTA —
David Strother Grieshop "Dave" (83) completed his life’s journey on
January 27, 2022. He was born on August 30, 1938 in Celina, Ohio, the
first of four children of Ivo and Aurelia Grieshop. He is survived by
two sisters, Mary Ellen Menke (Maryland) and Anne Marie Grieshop (Iowa)
and one brother, James I Grieshop (California).
He graduated from
Syracuse University in 1961 and entered the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant.
On March 30, 1963 he married Mildred Ann (Midge) Prodanovich of Douglas,
Arizona who faithfully supported him through his life’s work. Blessed
with one son, David Mark, they were intent on raising him in an
international environment and to know his world would be more than the
USA. David Mark, his wife Deborah and their twin daughters currently
reside and work in Los Angeles County area.
Dave attended one
year of graduate school at the University of Arizona in 1964-5. He
earned his Master’s Degree from Georgia Tech in 1972 and completed other
graduate courses from several other universities while pursuing his Army
career. After five commands (two in Vietnam); other very challenging and
satisfying assignments; and working with memorable contemporaries, he
knew it was time to move on. After 26 years he retired as a Colonel.
In 1987 he entered
the corporate world as the Vice President/Managing Director of McDonnell
Douglas Korea, Ltd. in Seoul, Korea. In 1994 he changed direction and
became the Vice President of DIMON International, Inc. working in
agriculture commodities. Following his third retirement, he traveled the
world during 2001-04 and developed a global corporate social
responsibility program in 26 countries on 6 continents. His efforts
positively touched the lives of many people at the most basic level —
clean water in African villages, reading and writing programs in
Indonesia, proper disposal methods for dangerous agriculture chemicals
in Latin America; and, enforcing child labor laws in Asia.
In 2004 Dave and
Midge decided to move back to Sierra Vista where they had met 42 years
earlier — they had come full circle. He was active in several community
and civic organizations.
Midge continues to
reside in Sierra Vista.
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