John Kriesmer

May 9, 1926 - April 1, 2013
John Kriesmer

John Kriesmer was a remarkably gentle, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather we called Poppi. He was born May 9, 1926, in Paterson, New Jersey, and passed away April 1, 2013, in San Diego, California.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Joyce; children Cindy Peters Carr of Cardiff, California, formerly of Kingwood and Houston; Pam (Peter) Graves of Minnetonka, Minnesota; Larry (Carol) Kriesmer of San Diego, California; 8 grandchildren including Carrie Carr (Matt) Reese of Houston and 2 great grandchildren.

After serving in the United States Navy during WW II, he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as a mechanical engineer and decided to try a two year stint with an oil company in Saudi Arabia. Thirty-two years later, he retired from ARAMCO, a company he thoroughly enjoyed working with. He and Joyce met in Arabia and were married on Bahrain Island. All three children were born and raised in Arabia.

After retiring from ARAMCO in 1981, John and Joyce relocated to Houston, where he managed the office of Saudi Arabian Overseas Services, Inc. (SAOSI) for another 15 years before settling in Escondido, California in 1998. John and Joyce have been residents of The Remington Club I in Rancho Bernardo since their move in the fall of 2011.

A private family service is planned. Memorial donations may be made to Horizon Hospice of San Diego.

John will be missed and loved by his family forever.

Published in Houston Chronicle on April 7, 2013

5 Comments for “John Kriesmer”

  1. Gravatar of Kay & Barry ThompsonKay & Barry Thompson
    Posted Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 3:13:54 PM

    Larry, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father.
    Wishing you His peace during the coming days.
    Barry & Kay Fisher Thompson (DH78)

  2. Gravatar of George GramsGeorge Grams
    Posted Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 8:22:47 PM

    Joyce: Both you and John have provided many warm , and funny memories that have been retold by Nancy and I many many times. John was a real addition to Aramco and you were an important part of our life in Dhahran, especially those years when you were in Professional Development. I am sorry to hear of John's passing. He will be missed by many.

    George and Nancy Grams

  3. Gravatar of Bob EriksonBob Erikson
    Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:46:10 PM

    Joyce - Condolences to you and your children from Janet and I...John was one of those truly great human beings. He was my boss for a while when I first arrived in Dhaharn in 1977, but I also thought of him as my 'uncle' in my bachelor years. I loved talking with him and hearing his stories of what it was like arriving in Arabia after WWII. I loved his sense of humor and ability to diffuse tense situations at work. He was one of the great ones...May God bless him and all of you.

  4. Gravatar of Susan Husted CowlesSusan Husted Cowles
    Posted Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:14:18 AM

    Joyce & Family,
    John was a wonderful and warm gentleman - whom I admired immensely. I enjoyed working with him, when I was in Housing control. Always had time to work with me on any problems I had, or answer any questions.. He was just a really great guy. Thoughts and Prayers are with you and yours.

  5. Gravatar of Qamar KhanQamar Khan
    Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 at 12:19:00 PM

    Joyce & family,

    Please accept our condolences on this sad demise. John was the Manager of Community Services Department when I was working in Abqaiq Community Services Division. I met him a couple of times but never met you Joyce. Though I never associated with him directly but I know that he was a real professional and kind individual. May Allah bless his soul and bless you all.

    Qamar Khan
    Karachi, Pakistan

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