Howard W. Greiner – husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, engineer, athlete and competitor – passed peacefully at his home in Anaheim, CA on May 28, 2023. He was 95 years old.
Mr. Greiner is survived by his five children: Jeffrey (Kimberly), Julie (Michael) Weiser, Joseph (Kimberly), Richard (Sheryl), Paul (Lovida), 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Born in Cincinnati, OH on September 21, 1927, he was married to Sarah (“Sally”) Harig Houston for nearly 40 years, until her death on August 23, 1991. He also was preceded in death by his parents, William A. Greiner and Pauline Morhardt, and two older sisters, Dolores (Paul) Backscheider and Marian (Tris) Gaston.
Mr. Greiner was married a second time to Phyllis Morey for 30 years, until her death last year, and he also is mourned by her children Dale (Bonnie) Morey, Karen Morey, Keith Morey, Diane (Mark) Henderson, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Mr. Greiner moved to California in his mid-twenties with his wife Sally and their young family at the time. He immersed himself fully in the life of his community as an active parishioner and usher at St. Pius V Catholic Church, and Catechism teacher. He served the underprivileged of his community as a member of the Knights of Columbus by delivering food and providing other support for families in need. Later in his life, he continued this service through Meals on Wheels by delivering food to the homes of senior citizens. He also served as manager of the Little League baseball teams of each of his four sons teaching the fundamentals of baseball and life lessons to teams of boys over an eight-year period. Always trim, competitive and athletic, he played softball into his eighties and was an avid golfer at Hacienda Country Club in La Habra Heights, CA into his nineties.
A gifted mechanical engineer, who graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Greiner began his career as a mechanical engineer at the General Electric Company in Cincinnati, OH. After moving to California, Mr. Greiner became part of the fabric of the light manufacturing industries of Southern California by designing, selling, and integrating cranes, conveyors, and other material handling equipment into manufacturing facilities throughout the region for over four decades. He assisted companies, among others, in the aerospace, automotive, electrical equipment and instrument industries as the lead of a team of engineers at A.J. Bayer Company and, later, as the principal executive and general manager of American Monorail of California.
He was known by the crew-cut he wore his entire life and by his warm, easy-going and gentlemanly manner. Family and friends earned throughout his life will miss his smile and ever-ready handshake.