Louis Greteman

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Louis Bernard Greteman, 96, of Carroll, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Feb. 3, at St. John Paul II Parish-Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll with Father Kevin Richter as celebrant and Father Timothy Johnson as homilist. Lectors were Julie Mayhall, Jonathan Wegner, Anne Greteman Bitga and Laura Greteman. Pianist was Kate Cuddy, and vocalists were Kathleen Macke, Grace Ledet Widseth and Mimi Ledet Moen. Gift bearers were Lou’s granddaughters. Mass servers were John, Cate and Charlie Mayhall and Alyse Greteman. Casket bearers were Lou’s grandsons. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with military honors by the Carroll American Legion.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home of Carroll, and online condolences may be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Louis and Julia Greteman Scholarship Fund, Kuemper Catholic Schools or St. Anthony Hospice.

Louis was born to Victor and Anne Greteman in Willey, Iowa, on June 12, 1923. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School in Willey and St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota, before enlisting in the U.S. Army on Sept. 26, 1942. He joined active service in World War II on March 6, 1943, first touring the Aleutian Islands. Following the Japanese surrender, he was redeployed to the European front. He received a Purple Heart after being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. After recovering, he supported U.S. Air Force operations in England until the end of the war.

He returned to the United States after the war, and he married his beloved wife of 72 years, Julia Frances Rahm, on Aug. 26, 1947. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, with a bachelor of science of commerce in 1948, and they moved to Carroll, Iowa, where they resided together for the rest of his life.

Louis worked for his father at Greteman Bros. Store in Willey before college. He established Greteman Insurance and Real Estate in 1950, his brother Bob joining him in 1953. Together, they spearheaded the development of Carroll’s Rolling Hills (1960) and Woodland Heights (1971) residential additions.

Louis also participated in a number of boards that helped shape the Carroll community. He was appointed to the first Carroll Planning and Zoning Board and elected to the Carroll Community Schools Board of Education, during which Fairview Elementary School was constructed. He also served on the board that was responsible for the construction of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

A devout Catholic, Louis was active in his parish and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He always espoused the value of a quality education and ensured that each of his nine children graduated from college. He enjoyed travel, golf, and entertaining friends and family.

Louis is survived by his wife, Julie; children Mike (Cathy), Mary (Joel) Swanson, Jean (Tom) Farner, Jim (Mary), Nick, all of Carroll, Margie (Jim) Wegner, Omaha Nebraska, Susan (Phil) Leonard, Anoka, Minnesota, Ann (Aaron) Ledet, Franklin, Tennessee, and Patty, Atlantic, Iowa; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Clare Greteman of Carroll; and brother-in-law LeRoy Rahm, Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Mark; and brothers Paul, Robert and James.

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