Daryl P. Grecian
Daryl P. Grecian, 67, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at his residence of pancreatic cancer. Visitation was held at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre on Saturday, March 18, and before the service Sunday, March 19, at Solon United Methodist Church. A celebration of life gathering followed in the Fellowship Hall.
Daryl Paul Grecian was born April 18, 1949, the son of Paul and Lorraine Grecian. He grew up in Lone Tree where he graduated from high school. Daryl attended Barber College in Cedar Rapids. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. He married his high school sweetheart, Judy Bell, on Sept. 20, 1969. They lived and raised their family in Solon, recently moving to Cedar Rapids.
Daryl was a barber and hairstylist in Cedar Rapids for 49 years. In more recent years, he helped many hair loss clients with hairpieces and custom wigs. He was outstanding in his field. He was a platform artist for many years traveling around the United States and taught many continuing education classes for barbers and cosmetologists in Iowa. Some of his greatest accomplishments were holding all offices of the Iowa Barbers Association, vice-president of UFCW for Iowa and many local union offices, member of the State of Iowa competition hairstyling team, performed many officiating duties at national hairstyling competitions, and made instructional hair-cutting videos used in barber colleges throughout the United States. His most honored award was receiving the “Hairstylist of the Year” award in 1981 by the International Guest Artists and Hairstylists Association, voted on by its members. In later years, the National Hair Journal selected his salon as Salon of the Year.
Daryl enjoyed his clients and felt each of them were his personal friends. He was always ready with a joke to share and a smile on his face. He loved watching NASCAR, traveling, cruising, boating on Lake MacBride and spending time with family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Judy Bell Grecian of Cedar Rapids; two children, Angie Grecian Daoud, of Mason City, and Andy Grecian, of Solon; three grandchildren, Kristina, Khalil and Joey Daoud; sister Colene Grecian (Paul Anderson) and niece Erika Hilleman; and father-in-law Lester Bell. His parents preceded him in death.
Memorials may be directed to the Solon United Methodist Church, Meth-Wick of Cedar Rapids, and Mercy Hospice of Cedar Rapids.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.broshchapel.com.