Cletus E. Grine, Jr.


Cletus E. Grine, Jr.


Cletus E. Grine, Jr., 53, of Billings, formerly of Tiffin, Ohio, passed away peacefully at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Advance Health Care Hospital in Montana, surrounded by his caregivers.

He was born on Dec. 25, 1965, in Tiffin, to Cletus and Martha (Hakes) Grine.

Survivors include his sister, Anna (Vernice) Shoemaker of Fostoria; and brothers, George (Pam) Grine, Sr. of Florida, Richard (Deb) Grine of Tiffin, Bill (Terry) Grine of Lancaster, and Mark Grine of Fremont.

Cletus was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, George and Annabell Hakes; and sisters, Sharon Grine, Brenda (Grine) Capeheart and Cindy (Grine) Suffecool.

At birth, he was the first life flight out of Tiffin. He attended Seneca County School of Opportunity before moving to Montana. Buddy loved listening to CCR and Alan Jackson music “Real Loud.” And loved the color blue. He was also quite the ladies’ man. His giving spirit carried on when he gave the gift of sight by donating his corneas posthumously.

God has a special place for him and was loved by all his family members.

There will be no visitation at this time.

Mitchell-Sawyers Mortuary is handling arrangements for the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to his caregivers, Westchester Home, Attn: Angie Holland, 227 Westchester Square North, Billings, MT 59105.

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  1. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Buddy’s entire family. It was a privilege and honor for me to accompany Buddy to Ohio. Your love extended to Buddy was beyond awesome. The family gathering you held in Buddy’s honor was beyond anyone’s expectations. Buddy did indeed spread his deep love to you all in a very special day. Needless to say, Buddy was my “pet.” Over the years, while helping Buddy transfer from his wheelchair, I would always tell him, “Stand Big and Tall” On Buddy’s last day of life at his bedside, I said, “Buddy, you are standing big and tall.” “Buddy, this is Carl speaking, you have my permission to just let go and be with your Mom and Dad.” Than I said, “I am sure your family will be in agreement with that too.” At that point I patted Buddy’s arm, said good bye and left the room. Buddy will always be “standing big and tall” in my memory. During the 29 years I have known Buddy, he has taught me much more than I gave him.

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