Myron "Mike" Graef

Myron "Mike" Graef, 85, of West Bend, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend.

He was born June 8, 1921, in Rhinelander, to the late Harold and Ethel (Nee Pankratz) Graef.

Myron served his country during World War II by enlisting in the United States Navy. He held the rank of chief gunnerís mate on the USS Nicholson and was a Pearl Harbor survivor.

During his time in the Navy he traveled around the world twice and saw many interesting countries along the way.

After World War II Mike began a career with Wisconsin Electric as a forester. He retired in the early 1970s, but kept busy by working for Prafke Electric, Siekert-Baum, Corporate Ex-press, Eichline Enterprises, the Milwaukee Brewers and Mayfield Nursery.

He was united in marriage to Dorothy Wise in 1995. they spent many happy years together in Milwaukee, and eventually moved to West Bend four years ago.

Mike was an avid outdoor sportsman.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father and a man of many tools who could fix any problem you had.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his daughter, Jenny (Jeremy) Nelson; his stepsons, Greg (Michelle) Wise, Steve (Alice) Wise and Dan (Elizabeth) Wise; two grandchildren, Jordan and Anika Wise.

He is further survived by three brothers, Donald (Vivian) Graef, Lyle Graef and Richard (Joyce) Graef; and two sisters, Lois (Stanley) Salyers and Ethel Boppre.

Myron was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 4:30 p.m. at Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, West Bend.

Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 3 p.m. until 4:15 p.m.

Burial will be on Friday at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.

A memorial in Mikeís name will be established at a later date.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service of West Bend is assisting the family.

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