Dewayne P. Grauden Sr., 85
April 2, 1932 — Dec. 21, 2017

Dewayne P. Grauden Sr., 85 Dewayne P. “Drayno” Grauden Sr., 85, of West Bend, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at The Kathy Hospice. He was born April 2, 1932, in Chicago, the son of Paul and Amelia Grauden (nee Weldum). Dewayne graduated from Merrill High School in 1949 and enlisted in the U.S. Airforce in 1952 where he fought in the Korean conflict. He retired from the military in 1992. Dewayne graduated with a B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Later, he worked for Dupont Co. as a chemist and biologist. He was a member of the VFW in Slinger and the American Legion in Allenton. Dewayne “Drayno” loved hunting, fishing, camping, horseshoes, playing cards, garage sales, polka music, and mixing drinks at Little Switzerland and House of Heilemans. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Those Dewayne leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Gisela; children, John, Debra (Mark) Banton, Dewayne “Paul” Jr. (Connie), Darren (Stephanie), and Dawn (Tom) Bergmann; grandchildren, Kota, Beau (Ashley), Brandon (Jessie), Ashley, Joshua, Dakota, Amber, Kendra, and Taylor; great-grandchildren, Bella, Brady, Vinnie, Jonah, and Haven; and sisters-in-law, Hannelore, Christa, and Claudia. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his uncle and aunt, Albert and Selma Weldum.

A funeral service in remembrance of Dewayne “Drayno” at will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend, WI. 53095. Dewayne’s family will greet relatives and friends from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. A private burial will take place at Washington County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

Dewayne’s family would like to thank St. Joseph’s Hospital ICU staff and the staff of The Kathy Hospice for their care and support.

The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Dewayne’s arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at