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December 5, 2013

(1/9/1937 - 12/2/2013)

Harry Lee Grabowski, 76, of Farmington, Iowa passed away Monday, December 2, 2013, at his home.

Born January 9, 1937 in Rutledge, Missouri the son of William Franklin and Maxine Hughey (Forquer) Grabowski. On December 22, 1955 he married Judith Ann Coop in Memphis, Missouri.

Survivors include his wife Judith of Farmington, IA; one son Col. Rickey Lee Grabowski (Barb Troja) of Paris Island, SC; two daughters, Vickey Grabowski (Stephen Lee) of Excelsior Springs, and RoxAnn Grabowski Raisner (Walter Raisner) of Glen Carbon, IL; seven grandchildren, Adam Grabowski, Alexandra Grabowski, Joseph Harrison Grabowski, Banning Grabowski (Jamie Wallingtine Grabowski), Bree Grabowski-Teague, and Gillen Raisner; two great-grandchildren, Banning Carter Grabowski and Khloe Ann Lee; one brother, Samuel Grabowski of Timpson, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Grabowski and Maxine Hughey Forquer; and one sister, Clairene Grabowski Rush.

Harry was a graduate of Memphis High School. He was an Airman 3rd Class in the United States Air Force. He served for 38 years in the National Guard and was a United States Army Vietnam Veteran. Harry served on the Kansas City Police Department and was a Lee County Deputy Sheriff. He was a Major at the Iowa State Penitentiary in the position of assistant security director and also served the United States Marshal Service. He was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam (flying Hughy and Chinook helicopters) 101st Airborne Division, he was a Lear Jet Pilot for Williams Company out of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a fire arms instructor.

Harry was a member of the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge No. 27, Order of the Eastern Star and the I.S.P. Shooting Team where he shot competitive fire arms. He was an avid hunter, motorcycle enthusiast and was a dedicated husband and father.

Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Farmington, IA where the family will meet with friends from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. that evening.

A Masonic Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5th at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Farmington followed by a Funeral Service with Reverend Charles Hammack officiating. Following the visitation and service, his body will be cremated.

A memorial has been established in his memory for the Farmington EMT’s.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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