William 'Bill' Grensky
June 10 1922 - February 16, 2017
Bill Grensky, 94, passed peacefully February 16, 2017 in Medford, Oregon. Born June 10, 1922 in Minnesota to Frank and Clara, Bill spent his entire adult life in Oregon. One of five children, brothers, Leonard and Bob; and sister, Bernice preceded him in death. His sister, Edith Groziak of Los Angeles, California survives him.
The son of immigrants, Bill and the Grensky family traveled the U.S. in the '20s and '30s looking for employment and surviving. With the outbreak of WWII, Bill and his two brothers joined the service. Bill joined the U.S. Navy and served on a series of ships in the South Pacific. Bill had a natural ability for mechanical repair and served in the engine rooms of each ship, destroyers and heavy cruisers. He used to say he was lucky because each of the four ships he served on was sunk by the Japanese shortly after he was transferred to a different ship.
Once WWII ended the Grenskys all took up permanent residence in Oregon with the three brothers working in the timber industry. Bill worked in the woods and then in manufacturing at Roseburg Lumber. The Grensky family also shared a love of music and formed a country-western band that played in the dance hall in Canyonville, Ore.
Bill married Virdie Stapleford, who preceded him in death, in Roseburg, Ore. They had two sons, Ron and Steve Grensky, both of whom survive. Bill and his family moved to Medford, Ore. in 1960 where he resided until his passing.
Bill worked as a mechanic and ultimately, the master mechanic for the entire plywood plant for the Medford Corporation (MEDCO) from the early '60s until his retirement. Bill was recognized as a very gifted mechanic and those who knew him felt he could literally fix anything. He took great pride in his work and joked that he helped build MEDCO when he started there and helped tear it down when the plywood plant closed near his retirement. In between, he kept it running. MEDCO acknowledged his contributions when listing equipment for sale after the plant's closure, some machines were simply described as "Grensky Built" as Bill had designed some of the machines.
Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing and was very accomplished at both. He and his two brothers made the front page of Roseburg's News Review when each bagged a six-point bull elk on the same hunt.
Bill will be remembered as a great father and husband who always put his family first, never failing to help when needed, even placing campaign signs for his son, Ron. He was known for his keen sense of humor, quick wit, and how he loved to make those around him laugh. He also enjoyed his grandchildren, Christian, Lexi, Jillian, Alex, and Kayla. Bill lived a long, full life and will be missed by those who knew and loved him.