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Gregory K. Nienaber, 69

May 3, 1947 to April 15, 2017

GALLATIN, Tenn. — Gregory K. Nienaber, 69, of Gallatin, Tenn., passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 15, 2017, as a result of a tragic accident.


He was born May 3, 1947, in Princeton to Keel Nienaber and Gladys (Lenihan) Nienaber. He graduated from Princeton High School and Northern Illinois University and completed his master’s degree at Eastern Illinois University in 1971.


He married Sandra (Sines) Nienaber on April 5, 1974, and began family life with two of his three children. He was employed as a regional director for several long-term care providers for over 40 years.


Throughout his professional life he spoke the Gospel without saying a word. His greatest gift was his ability to lead groups of people to accomplish incredible outcomes of care. A special person said of him, “He had this magic about him that builds you up, but makes you feel you did it yourself, and you deserve every ounce of your accomplishment.” He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. Greg truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures. He loved animals of every kind, nature, milk, “DA BEARS”, being at home and cars.


He is survived by his wife, Sandra; a sister, Charlotte MacDonald of Virginia; his daughter, Lisa (John) Swalwell of Findlay, Ohio; his sons, Scott Fetrow of Gallatin, Tenn., and Aaron Nienaber of Arizona; two grandsons, Matthew (Mindy) Fetrow and Timothy Fetrow, and four great-grandchildren, all of Illinois; many nieces, nephews and cousins; his dog, Lilly; and his cat, Chance.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton for family, friends and others whose life Greg touched.

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A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton for family, friends and others whose life Greg touched.

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  • butterfly"Sandra~so sorry to hear of your great loss. Greg was truly a warm and caring person. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings, Susan"
    Tribute from: Susan Cater
    August 12, 2017
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  • tullips"Sandra: Sorry to hear and then read about your husband. My heart and prayers are with you during this time."Tribute from: Doug Biederstedt
    August 11, 2017
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  • prayer"Greg was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. He was very genuine and truly a gentleman.
    My thoughts have been with his family since I learned of his death. I will continue to keep everyone close to my heart."
    Tribute from: Carolyn (Huffstodt) Dailey
    August 10, 2017
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  • prayer"Greg was a friend to everyone he met. I will always cherish the times we had together in high school, college (both went to NIU), and in recent years at our annual Cubs games. I also appreciated how he always took the time to speak with my mother whenever they would cross paths. He will be missed by many."Tribute from: Gary Jensen
    August 10, 2017
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