American Red Cross hosts blood drive in Owensville in memory of longtime donor Elmer Greunke

May 2, 2013

Greunke donated more than 20 gallons of blood


OWENSVILLE, Mo. (May 2, 2013) – Elmer Greunke dedicated his life to helping others. An employee of the Missouri Department of Transportation for 41 years, chairman of his church and a frequent blood donor, Greunke was always willing to lend a hand. It’s with his spirit in mind that the American Red Cross and Greunke’s family are inviting the local community to give blood in his memory on May 16.


“He was a caring person and ready to help those in need,” said Pearl Greunke, Elmer’s wife and also a regular blood donor. “Since he donated blood so often, we thought this blood drive would be a good way to remember him.”


Elmer Greunke began donating blood in his teenage years, and continued until health issues eventually forced him to stop. In his lifetime, he gave blood 166 times, or the equivalent of more than 20 gallons. His wife Pearl said the goal of the blood drive in his memory is to inspire others to follow Elmer’s lead.


“Maybe someone who’s never donated before or someone who hasn’t done it in a while will come to the drive and want to keep giving,” Pearl said.


Elmer Greunke Memorial Blood Drive

May 16 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center

404 S. First Street, Owensville, Mo.


In addition to complimentary refreshments provided to all presenting donors, visitors to the Elmer Greunke Memorial Blood Drive will have the opportunity to purchase barbeque food items, sponsored by the blood drive organizers. Proceeds from the food sales will be donated to the Red Cross.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at