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Eric Grina

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Nov. 20, 1966-Oct. 2, 2011

Eric Dean Grina, 44, of Audubon, died Sunday, October 2, 2011, as a result of a train/automobile accident near Audubon.

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Eric was born the son of Dennis Gary and Carol Lynn (Danielson) Grina on November 20, 1966 in Eau Claire, Wis. In 1985 he graduated from high school and went on to attend airline mechanic training in Thief River Falls.

On February 10, 1990 he married Renae Shetler at Christian Fellowship in Detroit Lakes. The couple became the parents of two children, Kayla and Jacob.

On September 11, 1998 he married Lisa Puttbrese at Tamarac Wildlife Refuge in rural Detroit Lakes, and welcomed Lacey Davis as his stepdaughter. The couple's son, Levi was born in 2000.

Since 1993, Eric had been employed at SMT Health Systems in Detroit Lakes, where he was the chief engineer. Prior to that he worked for a short time at the airport in Minneapolis, working on airplanes. He was self-taught in everything he did, from designing to engineering to inventing and constructing.

He also started several companies, including Free Bird Innovations, also known as FBI (a company that designed and sold Ultra Lights), RelyOn Graphics (for creating industrial labels), and 3Designs (a CAD drafting company).

Eric and Lisa also developed and ran the Satellite Poker League. His hobbies included golf, flying, playing poker, cars (especially his Jaguar), motorcycles, racing dirt bikes, bowling and travel. He enjoyed his trips to Germany, China and the Carribean.

He admired art and music and was often heard whistling, humming and singing little ditties. He was humorous, creative, intelligent and ingenious. Eric loved life and enjoyed being with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa; his children, Kayla, Lacey, Jacob, and Levi; parents, Dennis and Carol, three sisters, Cindy (Nathan) Danielson of rural Audubon, Chris (Dick) Tolman of Bemidji and Amy (Kris) Legate of Sahuarita, Ariz.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

His grandparents preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to family are preferred.

Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., in Lakes Area Vineyard Church, 950 Longview Dr., Detroit Lakes (south of Walmart and the airport). Pastor Janice Ornquist will officiate.

Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Arrangements were entrusted to Faith & Hope Funeral Home of Fergus Falls.

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