Pastor Dean Greimann
SWEA CITY — A funeral service for Pastor Dean Greimann will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the Open Bible Church in Swea City. A visitation for Pastor will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at the church. Burial will take place 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Hansel Cemetery, Hampton, Iowa.
He passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, at the age of 59. Due to the current pandemic, masks and social distancing will be required and limited seating will be available during the service. The service will be streamed via Facebook, a link will be posted at www.henryolsonfuneral.com. Henry-Olson Funeral Home of Swea City is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dean Earl Greimann was born April 10, 1961, in Hampton, Iowa, to Paul and Arvilla (Snyder) Greimann. Dean graduated from Hampton High School in 1978. He earned many degrees including: a B.S. in meteorology from Charter Oak State College, an M.A. in teaching from Kaplan University, and received his Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University. Dean joined the U.S. Coast Guard where he served as an oceanographer and then as a meteorologist. During his career with the Coast Guard, he earned and received many medals and honors. He retired in 2004 after serving his country for 22 years. Dean held the position of senior pastor at Swea City Open Bible Church, where he and his wife, Fay, ministered from 2018 until his passing. Dean also pastored at the Regional Worship Center Assembly of God Church in Sherburn, Minn. from 2014-2018. He also pastored other churches throughout the country prior to these.
Pastor Dean had an absolute love for teaching. His was proud to say that he taught at Harvest Bible College, (the same school his mother attended). He also was a substitute teacher for the North Union School in Swea City, where his students referred to him as “Mr. G-Man.” Dean was a Bible scholar. He knew the Bible inside and out often quoting scripture and verse. He didn’t just love the Lord, he loved the Lord with a passion. If you knew him at all you will remember that his comment regarding good news he heard was always, “Praise God.” Dean had a passion for Israel, he loved sharing his knowledge about Israel and the end times, and the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Dean was not only a Pastor, but he was also very involved with the Mighty Warrior Kids program, teaching the children about the Lord. Along with this he served as president of the North Kossuth Ministerial Association and a member of the Swea City American Legion. He was always quick witted with a joke or pun, to put a smile on faces. Making people laugh brought him great enjoyment. In his spare time, he enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, fishing, and camping. He is survived by his wife, Ruthie Fay Greimann who he so lovingly referred to as “My Eve.” After being a widower and widow, Dean and Fay found true love and happiness again. With their profound faith in Jesus Christ and love for each other they were united in marriage on March 4, 2018. He is also survived by his sons, from his first marriage, Andrew Paul Greimann of Fairmont, Minn., and Isaiah Scot Greimann of Hampton, Iowa; his stepson, John Barrett Lum of Texas; his siblings, Steve (Elaine) Greimann, Ken (Beth) Greimann, Mary (Dennis) Symens, and Al (Nancy) Greimann; his in-laws, Roy and Ruby Hunt of Texas; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Carmen (Doug) Pady, Wanda (Robert) Collins. Dean was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosa Maria Mejia, who he married on Aug. 4, 1989; and his parents, Paul and Arvilla (Snyder) Greimann. He will be laid to rest in the Hansel cemetery, next to his first wife and the mother of his children, Rosa Maria Mejia Greimann.