September 26, 2013
HAROLD "WAYNE" GRABER
(7/4/1919 - 9/11/2013)
Harold "Wayne" Graber, age 94, of Monmouth, IL; passed away at Monmouth Nursing Home in Monmouth on September 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm.
Wayne was born on July 4, 1919 in Scotland County of Memphis, MO and is the son of Harry Esben and Ola Mary Black Graber. He was raised and educated in Scotland County rural schools and graduated from Memphis High School with the class of 1937. He then attended Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Missouri. Wayne entered service to his country in the Army for which he was a staff sergeant during World War II serving in the 6th Infantry Division in the Pacific.
He was married to Anna Mae McGee on November 2, 1950 in Memphis, Missouri, and she is surviving.
Wayne first was the owner and operator of Graber Skelly Oil Station in Memphis, MO from 1946 to 1950. He moved to Monmouth, IL in 1956 and was employed at Wells Pet Food in Monmouth for seventeen years. He also was employed in "Receiving" at Huskee Built Buildings of Monmouth. Wayne also for a number of years was employed in Maintenance and Grounds by Monmouth Park District and then a few years with Gibson Woods Golf Course until his retirement.
Wayne is survived by his wife Anna Mae Graber of Monmouth, IL; two daughters, Pamela A. (Randy) Biddle of Little York, Illinois and Tina M. Liroff of Dallas, Texas; one son, Stephen W. "Jean" Graber of Tinley Park, IL; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Helen and Mary, and one brother, Charles.
A visitation and service was held at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, IL on Monday evening, September 16th. A graveside interment with full military honors was on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Memphis Cemetery in Memphis, Missouri. A memorial fund is being established by his family for the Heritage United Presbyterian Church or Monmouth Park District.