Warren R. Graf, 62 |
June 19, 1953 ó Oct. 25, 2015
Warren R. Graf, 62, of West Bend, was called home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at his home surrounded by loved ones, after he battled cancer.
He was born June 19, 1953, to Ronald and Norma (nee Kallies) Graf in Bonduel. He grew up in Bonduel attending St. Paulís Lutheran elementary school and graduated from Bonduel High School, class of 1971. He received his B.S. in music education from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. Later he received a Director of Christian Education certificate from Concordia. On June 1, 1974, he was united in marriage to Debra Schulz at Christ Lutheran in Phoenix. Warren taught music at Lutheran High East and also taught eighth grade at East Bethlehem in Detroit. For two years he was the Director of Joy Inc., a contemporary Christian music group, which traveled the United States. He was a youth director at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana, and a music director at Trinity Lutheran in Elkhart, Indiana. Before moving to West Bend, Warren drove coach busses and delivered mobile homes. He was the Minister of Music at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in West Bend.
Warren had an amazing ability to walk into a crowd of people and instantly make new friends. His light-hearted humor and laid-back personality was enjoyed by all. Warren was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, enjoyed boating on Shawano Lake with family and friends, and loved to travel, especially to Ireland. He took other family trips to Israel, Egypt, Germany, England, France, Scotland and Mexico. His love of his Lord Jesus Christ and his gift of music left a lasting legacy that impacted all who knew him. His purpose in life was inspired by a meaningful song, ďMay All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful.Ē
Those Warren leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife of 41 years, Deb; mother, Norma Graf; two children, Jonathan (Michelle) Graf of St. Louis and Gabrielle (Rob) Steinbrenner of Milwaukee; three grandchildren, Bennett Graf, and Taylor and Cody Steinbrenner; sister, Carol (Timothy) Marsh of Green Bay; brother, Keith Graf of Bonduel; godmother, Arlene Schwandt of Orland Park, Illinois; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, from 4-7 p.m., at St. Johnís Lutheran Church, (809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend).
A visitation will also be Friday, Oct. 30, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church from 10 a.m.-noon. A funeral service celebrating Warrenís life will be at noon.
On Saturday, Oct. 31, a visitation will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, (240 E. Green Bay St., Bonduel, WI). Funeral service will be at noon. Burial will be at St. Paulís Lutheran Cemetery following the service.
Memorials to St. Johnís Organ Fund in Warrenís name, in lieu of flowers, are appreciated by the family.
A heartfelt thank you to St. Johnís Lutheran Church and Heartland Hospice for all their support, help and care.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service of West Bend has been entrusted with Warrenís arrangements. More information and online condolences may be expressed at www.myrhum-patten.com.