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Gary Wayne Graf, 66 of Washington, died Monday, August 27, 2018 at his home in Washington.
Funeral services have been set for 11:00 AM Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Beatty Funeral Home with Pastor Darryl Carr. Visitation and viewing will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home. A general memorial in the name of Gary Wayne Graf has been established.
Gary was born August 25, 1952 in Washington the son of William Dean and Helen Irene (Ayers) Graf. He graduated from Washington High School in 1970. He was united in marriage to Judy Wood in Iowa City, March 8, 1975 and later Diane Dunbar in Washington, February 24, 2001, they later divorced.
He was employed at Hy Vee, Prudential Insurance, Kalona plastics and Whitesell/Fansteel . He enjoyed fishing, playing card, old movies and was a semi-professional fisherman.
Survivors include his children, Amanda Olson of Washington, Dean Graf and wife Tai of Waukee, Iowa and Shane Graf of Iowa City; siblings, Bev Black and husband Mike, Bill Graf and wife Marla and Sherry Black and husband Bill, all of Washington and 4 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Gary made some of us Christmas ornaments one year. I hang it on my tree every year and always think of him and our times at Fansteel. May you Rest In Peace Gary.
Donna Aug 31 2018 12:00 AM
sorry for your loss of your father and brother, way to soon
Bob Miller Aug 30 2018 12:00 AM
Our sincere sympathy to all of the Graf families. No time is ever the right time.
Jay & Christal Quigley Aug 30 2018 12:00 AM
I was shocked to hear via a message from my brother, Richard, that Gary had passed on. I didn't realize that Gary was struggling with health issues and when Jenny and I had visited at Gary's home in Washington (in 2014) he seemed fine.Gary was a good man and a good friend. Our friendship started when we were in elementary school and I suppose i could write a lot about hanging out at Gary's and playing board games and cards like Cribbage and Euchre and Canasta and 500 and Hearts (the Grafs were always really tolerant of bad card players). And of times going to watch Gary's swim team competitions, swimming Butterfly and diving.And in high school Gary got an old green Chevy and we would "scoop the loop" endlessly and listen to the Beatles white album and Tommy James and The Who and Simon&Garfunkel. It was an idyllic time really and it was a time of life when we really just wanted to graduate and get out and live our lives,And so we did go and and live lives far away and raised families and lived out our work lives, but it was always good when we would get back together to reminisce and renew the friendship.So today was a sad sad day when I heard that Gary was no longer with us on this earth and I'm reminded of the time when we were young men and Gary took me to visit his church. It was the First Baptist congregation and the faith and love there and the informal style of worship had a true impact on my spiritual life. It gave me some added understanding of a personal relationship with God.And so Gary Graf was underestimated in many ways. He was deeper in love, he was brighter in thought, he was more merciful in friendship, a loyal friend always. And like so many things that we take for granted when we have them, we realize how much we will be missing them in their absence, and we have this love in our hearts which spans time and distance. So i realize how much my life has been enriched by my friendship with Gary Graf.I'm glad that Jenny and i were able to visit Gary those few years back and now that time seems so poignant. I'm glad also that, as a believer in the afterlife promised in Jesus Christ, I have that 'lively hope' and I am confident that I will see Gary once again.So...thank you, Gary....friend... brother
Allan Lemke Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM
Dear Bev, Mike, Sherry and Bill,I was so sorry to hear of Garys passing. I remember him when I used to stay overnight at your house Bev. I see a lot of your dad in his face in the posted picture. Sending love and hugs.Patsi Robison
Patsi Robison Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM
Bev, Billy, Sherry and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.
Jani (Lemke) and Peter Edwards Family Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM
So very sorry for your loss.
Annette M Fritz Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM
Thoughts are with you, Dean, Amanda, and family.
Nick Pfeiffer Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM
Yes. Lots of G'-force when the pedal was down on the GTO.
Allan Lemke Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear about your loss. I hadn't seen Gary for many many years, but I still remember the good times we had together during our high school years. We put a lot of miles on his GTO riding all over the place. He will be missed.
Jay Kephart Aug 28 2018 12:00 AM