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 www.rennerfh.com.
At family’s request, services are private.