Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2005

Arthur E. Graf

1929-2005

March 17, 2005

Services for Arthur E. Graf, 75, Leavenworth, were Monday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Lansing. Burial with full military honors was at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mr. Graf died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at Broadway Heights Nursing Home.

He was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Victoria, the son of Fidelis and Clara Graf.

He retired after 20 years of service from the U.S. Army in 1968 as a sergeant first class. He had served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

After his military service, Mr. Graf was chief of police in Lansing from 1968 to 1971, when he went to work as a correctional officer at the Kansas State Penitentiary. He retired from the prison in 1993.

He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eagles Club.

Mr. Graf married Reba J. Herndon on Aug. 17, 1952, in Leavenworth. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Ray H., Leavenworth; three daughters, Linda S. Long, Bonner Springs, Jani Dundon, Lansing, and Rebecca L. Valenzuela, Mesa, Ariz.; three sisters, Bertha Goens, Conway, Ark., Armella Gerber, Arvada, Colo., and Eleanor Bell, Denver; two brothers, Gilbert, Denver, and Alois, DeMar; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church building fund or the American Lung Association, sent in care of at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth 66048.

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