Christy J. Grumbos, 88, of Lorain, fell asleep in the Lord Friday, May 30, 2014 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, in Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born November 1, 1925 in Elyria. He moved to Lorain in the late 1920′s.
Mr. Grumbos owned and operated Christy’s TV Service for 20 years and Spartan Private Patrol for 10 years, serving as a funeral escort. He worked for U.S. Steel for a total of 19 years and B&O Railroad 19 years. Christy was also a Captain in the Lorain Police Auxiliary. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II during the Occupation of Germany.
Christy was an active member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Lorain, where he served as a volunteer for church activities and fundraising. He was a chaplain for the Order of AHEPA Lorain-Elyria Chapter 144. Christy loved and was very proud of his Greek Heritage. He enjoyed Greek dancing.
Christy was a former president of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainman Local 1101 Lorain and a member of the United Steel Worker Local 1104, Lorain. He was a director of the P.L.A.V., Lorain. He was also was a member of the P.A.C.C. and the Liedertafel Club both of Lorain. He was a member of the Central Lorain Business Men and the South Lorain Merchants Association. He served on the DAV Honor Guard. Christy was an avid Browns and Indians fan. As a young boy he once shined the shoes of the Heavy Weight Champion Boxer, Jack Dempsey.
He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 62 years, Marcella W. (nee Leshinski) Grumbos of Lorain; son, David C. Grumbos and William J. Grumbos, both of Lorain; daughters, Susan L. (Richard) Gerrone of Avon Lake and Christine A. (Al) Andrey of Amherst; grandchildren, Stephanie (David) Siefert, David Gerrone and Abby Andrey; great grandchildren, Sadie and Sam Siefert and Joshua Andrey and many nieces and nephews.
Christy was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (nee Kuvall) Grumbos; brother, Kary Grumbos; and a sister, Sarah Demos.
His family will receive friends Monday, June 2, 2014 from 4 to 8 P.M. in the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain, where Trisagion will be at 7 P.M. in the funeral home. Friends my all call Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 10:30 A.M. until time of his funeral service at 11 A.M. in Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 2000 Tower Blvd., Lorain. Reverend Protopresbyter Father Michael C. Gulgas, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain. The Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20 will conduct military honors.
The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 2000 Tower Blvd., Lorain, OH 44053.