Gregg W. Gregory

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Gregg W. Gregory, 75, of Belleville, IL, born August 25, 1946, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh, IL.

Gregg graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School with academic honors and was an accomplished athlete in basketball and baseball. Following both high school and college, the MLB San Francisco Giants offered Gregg a baseball contract, but Gregg accepted an offer to play baseball at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL. He majored in Education and received his master’s degree in Educational Administration. Gregg taught and coached at Collinsville School District Unit 10 and Mascoutah School District 19.

Gregg was owner and principal real estate broker/appraiser at Gregory Realty Investments. He taught and authored the Mandatory Continuing Education Real Estate curriculum for Lincoln Land Community College. He also taught at Southwestern Illinois College, Metropolitan Community College, was Assistant Principal for Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice School District 428, Illinois Department of Corrections, and worked probation assessments for St. Clair County. He retired as Assistant Superintendent at St. Clair County Detention Center, State of Illinois 20th Judicial Circuit.

As an instructor and director of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) computer classes, a correctional project, in cooperation with the University of Illinois, Gregg was nominated and was a recipient of “Those Who Excel”, a national education awards program.

Outdoor activities proved to be a happy time for Gregg, fishing, golf, and handicapping horse races.  He attended First United Presbyterian Church.

Gregg’s professional affiliations included American Correctional Association, Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Association, National and Illinois Association of Realtors, Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois, and past board of directors for Multiple Listing Service. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Elks, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, Sigma Chi Fraternity, and Illinois Association of I men (University of Illinois).

Preceding Gregg in death were his parents, Charles E. and Violet, nee Smythers, Gregory; his father-in-law, Colonel Raymond S. Clark; his mother-in-law, Phyllis, nee Riedman, Clark; and a brother-in-law, Brent R. Clark.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah J., nee Clark, Gregory;
a sister and brother-in-law, Pamela Gregory Meinders and Dr. Robert Meinders;
brothers-in-law, Dr. Randall Clark (Dr. Joy Hawkins), and Terrell Clark (Gerrie Clark);
stepdaughter, Elizabeth Hutsch Egan;
nephew, Blake Gregory Meinders (Carly Meinders);
step-grandchildren, Sloane and Sam Egan;
great-nephew, Max Gregory Meinders; step-nephew, Jack Akers;
nieces; cousins; and dear friends.

Gregg was a devoted and loving husband, stepfather, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle, and the BEST Daddy-O to many friends.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

 At family’s request, services are private.


9 Comments on Gregg W. Gregory

Bonnie Santanello said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2021 at 7:57 PM

I meet Gregg in the 80's by the name Daddy O. He was a customer and a good friend of my late husband Bill Santanello. I didn't know till my husband and I owned Santanello Oltimer that Daddy O was Blake's uncle. Have my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Daddy O has now joined a lot of mutual friends in heaven. I'm sure they are having a card game or betting on the horses.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Linda Neeley said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2021 at 7:03 PM

Sad to see you go, you had a wonderful life filled with many accomplishments. You were my classmate my friend and my realtor rest in peace

  • Belleville
  • Il
Karen Fette Russell said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2021 at 9:57 AM

Pam, I'm so sorry to hear about Gregg's passing. The last time I saw Gregg it was at your Mom's funeral. He didn't look like he aged at all. I wanted to say hello to you at her funeral, but you were busy visiting with her many friends. My heart goes out to you.

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois
Ron Thomason said : Guest Report Sep 26, 2021 at 5:32 PM

My sincere condolences to Greg’s family. My late brother and I knew Greg from living on 42nd st. during the early to mid 50s in East St. Louis. Many fond memories. May God Bless his soul.

  • Weldon Spring
  • Missouri
Jim Gould said : Guest Report Sep 26, 2021 at 8:31 AM

Debbie, I'm sorry to read of Gregg's having passed. I hope you are well. Whatever became of Kathy Cochran(e?) and her husband Jim? Jim

  • Lebanon
  • Missouri
Beth Walker Durocher said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2021 at 8:23 PM

Dear Pam, I will always remember Gregg as that dashing handsome young man who stole my heart. He was special to me then, and I know touched many lives in the passing years since. My sympathy to you at this very sad time...

  • Wet Palm Beach
  • FL
David A Jacknewitz said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2021 at 3:15 PM

I had the pleasure of knowing Greg since we were teenagers. He was an excellent athlete and teacher. Greg will be missed by many friends !

  • Fairview
  • Il
Jay Nicks said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2021 at 3:07 PM

So long Daddy O, Always had a great time around you. You will be missed, my friend.

  • Venice
  • FL
Linda Cassin said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2021 at 11:24 AM

Debbie, my heart goes out to all of you at this time! Everyone in Heaven is celebrating Greg's arrival. A good time is being had by all of the friends and family that preceded him! Love U, Linda

  • Belleville
  • IL

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