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December 30, 2013 | 12:08 PM
ELKHORN — John Griebel, longtime county coroner, died Friday, Dec. 20.

Griebel held the same office since 1960.

Sheriff David Graves said Griebel will be missed personally and professionally.

"Since I've been sheriff, John has always been the coroner," Graves said in a phone interview Dec. 26. "I knew him professionally and personally."

Graves said Griebel cared about his position as coroner.

"I worked with him a lot," he said. "He was usually on the scene or he sent one of his deputies to be there, but he showed up a lot."

According to Griebel's obituary, he graduated from Elkhorn High School in 1952 and became a sheriff's deputy in 1956.

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He also served as president of the Wisconsin Coroner and Medical Examiners Association.

Jennifer Schroeter, a representative from the association and chief deputy medical examiner of Kenosha County, said Griebel was well-known in the organization.

"We had many dealings over the phone (with Griebel) because we were neighboring counties," she said. "He was always a pleasure to work with. It's a great loss to the county and to the field."

Ron Wilson, Walworth County deputy coroner who worked with Griebel, said the coroner position will be filled by Chief Deputy Coroner Tom Miller.

"When there's a vacancy in the office the chief deputy steps in," Wilson said. "The governor is alerted of the vacancy, and he can appoint someone to fill the remainder of the term." Griebel's current term would have ended in November.

A public memorial visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn.

For Griebel's full obituary, please see page 3D.

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