Greg was born on December 3, 1961 in Sioux Falls. He attended elementary school at Garretson and the Hunt Hebrew Prep School in Sioux City, Iowa before returning to Garretson. When his family moved to Sioux Falls, he attended Whittier Middle School and Washington High School. Greg finished high school at Watertown and then took business courses at Lake Area Vocational School in Watertown.
Greg was an entrepreneur at heart and owned several business during his life including: GS Insulation and Lake City Insulation, both in Watertown, Easy Pay Used Cars in Sioux Falls, Diversified Carriers in Rochester, MN, Huizenga Trucking in Sioux Falls, Shelly’s Nut House in Casper, WY and Short’s Car City in Douglas, WY. Greg also was a truck driver/independent contractor for Collins Mail Service, Johnson Feed, Western Provisions, T-Brothers and X Trucks.
Greg married Elizabeth Halbersma on March 27, 1991 in Canton, South Dakota. They were foster parents for five years from 2004-2009 and opened their home to a dozen children over the years.
When he wasn’t working, he shared his time and talents with the Logos Program at the Presbyterian Church in Casper, WY, Casper Youth Baseball in Casper, WY, McCrossans Boys Ranch, Samaritan’s Purse and Compassion Child.
Greg is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; eight children, Chad Pearson, Nichole Sullivan, Rachael Vanhooser, Megan Ruffcorn, Holly McCoy, Seth Short, Naomi LeRoi and Jacob Short; nine grandchildren, Breanna, Ashton, Easton, Natalie, Karter, Jordyn, Noah, Lucas and Willow. He was preceded in death by his mother, Janet (Crowder) Ching.