Jerry T. Grauf, 89, of Elvaston, passed away at 5:18 P.M. Sunday evening, July 7, 2019, at River Hills Village in Keokuk.
Jerry was born April 14, 1930, in Keokuk, Iowa the son of Earl and Crystal (Garvey) Grauf. He was a member of the last graduating Class of Elvaston High School in 1948. On October 5, 1952, he was united in marriage to Mary Catherine Walker at the Carthage Methodist Church. She survives. Jerry was a life-long farmer, living on the family farm his entire life. He raised grain and fed hogs for many years, but was most passionate about raising cattle. In 1992 he was selected as Cattleman of the Year. His love of farming was surpassed only by his love for his family and his Heavenly Father. Jerry was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carthage serving in many capacities over the years. He also served on the Hamilton School Board for many years.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary of Elvaston; four daughters, Jackie Suprenant of Chicago, Patty (Bill Harnett) Grauf of Chicago, Janet (Dan) Carlisle of Carthage and Carol Brower of Hamilton; eleven grandchildren, Ryan (Pierina Lametta) Suprenant, Laura (Brian) Rohde, Lindsay Suprenant, Joe (Heidi) Carlisle, Mark (Jennifer) Carlisle, Tyler (Megan) Carlisle, Mary (Alan) Byers, Jack (Lauren) Carlisle, Michael Brower, Katie (Boyd) Higgins, and Ben Brower; eleven great grandchildren and two on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Richard “Dick” Grauf in 1945.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Carthage with burial to follow in the Elvaston Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M Wednesday evening at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage, with family meeting friends between 5:00-8:00P.M. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church in Carthage. Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of arrangements.