ANDERSON, Ind. —
Eric Dean Kriebel of Anderson died unexpectedly of natural causes on April 5, 2013. Family and close friends will miss his fun-loving nature, teasing and contagious laughter.
Eric was a successful wrestler and wrestling coach. Wrestling for Eric began at a young age because of his older brother Jim’s love of the sport. Eric’s dedication to the sport, discipline and hard work resulted in great success, including numerous championships at regional freestyle wrestling tournaments; Indiana high school state finals qualifier; National Junior Olympic Freestyle gold medalist (1975); AAU Outstanding Wrestler of the Year recipient (1976); and inductee into the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame (2002).
He graduated from Mooresville High School in 1977 and continued with a wrestling scholarship to Indiana State University. He was the assistant coach at Anderson High School (eight years), Delta High School (one year) and most recently, Pendleton Heights High School (20 years). Through wrestling, Eric made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young wrestlers in Madison County. The wrestlers and their families with whom Eric shared his time are too numerous to mention.
Eric was a self-employed flooring and carpet installer. Many homes and businesses in Madison County and beyond have benefited from his craftsmanship and strong work ethic.
Eric was dedicated to and loved his family, daughter, Nicole E. (Steve) Greene and very special granddaughter, Isabella of Elkhart; daughter, Danielle E. Kriebel of Anderson; parents, the Rev. J. Alvin and Gloria (Switzer) Kriebel of Anderson; a brother, James E. (Denise) Kriebel of Anderson; two sisters, Penny L. Kriebel and Linda J. Kriebel of Denver Colo.; three nephews, James W., Matthew E. and David A. (Megan) Kriebel. Special friends, Coach Randy Qualitza, Coach David Cloud and Katie Downing became extended family through wrestling.
Visitation will be at Madison Park Church of God in Anderson from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The funeral service, officiated by Pastor Mike Schwartz, will be at Madison Park Church of God on Friday at 1 p.m.
A wrestling scholarship is being established in honor of Coach Kriebel at Pendleton Heights High School; checks may be made payable to the Arabian Wrestling Club, Coach Kriebel Scholarship.
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