John F. Grawe

Born: Mon., Mar. 9, 1931
Died: Tue., May 28, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Sat., Jun. 01, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Sat., Jun. 01, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

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John F. Grawe, age 88, of Barry, IL passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  He was born on March 9, 1931 in Hannibal, MO to Walter and Jessie Lowman Grawe, Sr.  He married Phyllis Reynolds on June 25, 1954 at El Dara Christian Church, and she survives.

John graduated from Rensselaer High School in Missouri and then went on to join the United States Navy serving on the USS Des Moines.  He met his wife while on furlough at a train station while she was travelling home.  After John’s honorable discharge from the US Navy, he began farming for over 60 years until his health no longer allowed him to.  He also raised cattle, hogs, and chickens.  John was a great vegetable and flower gardener, and he and Phyllis enjoyed canning their produce.  He was a wonderful provider for his family.  John really appreciated the outdoors, and liked hunting and fishing.  He also loved reading sci-fi books.  Growing up during the depression, John found value in things most people wouldn’t, and was capable of fixing anything.  He was a hardworking and honest man.  John was a member of the El Dara Christian Church since 1954 serving as an Elder and past Sunday School Superintendent.  He was also a member of the El Dara Masonic Lodge #388 A.F. and A.M.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Phyllis; his children, Deborah (Steve) Rumple of Pittsfield, IL, Joan Grawe of Pittsfield, IL, John Mark (Karen) Grawe of Barry, IL, Rebecca Grawe of Hull, IL, and Matthew (Roberta) Grawe of Barry, IL; thirteen grandchildren, David (Robyn) Jacobs, Mandy (Perry) Bonds, Nikki Rumple, Ryan (Jessie) Prentice, Amy (Matthew) Prentice Kuhn, Megan (Paul) Schlabs, Katrina (Brock Bradshaw) Osinger, Rebecca Grawe, Jenna (Jon) Masker, Zachary Meyer, Jacob (Janelle) Meyer, Luke (Mikayla) Grawe, and Jessie Grawe; fourteen great grandchildren; and siblings, James Grawe of Lentner, MO and Loretta (Lionel) Perrigo of Finger, TN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jessie Grawe; his siblings, Walter “Tony” (Ruth) Grawe, Leona Martin, Gertrude (Dean) Cowden, and Raymond Grawe in infancy; a sister-in-law, Elicia Grawe; and brother in law and sister in law, Wilke "W.W." Winter and wife Mardell Winter.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry.  Masonic service will begin at 11:30 AM with the funeral service to follow on Saturday at the funeral chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the El Dara Christian Church or to the Taylor Martin Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in John's memory to the following organizations:

El Dara Christian Church

Taylor-Martin Cemetery
El Dara, IL

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   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of John my prayers are with you Phyllis and family for peace and the comfort of God's blessings

Debbie Hazelrigg
   Posted Tue June 04, 2019
Deepest sympathy to all of you.

Kay Ann Fairless
   Posted Sun June 09, 2019
Sorry for your loss. It’s hard to lose a parent.

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