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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Herman N. Grafe, age 98, of Pekin, Ill., formerly of Vandalia, Mo., passed away and went to be with his Lord and Savior at 3:40 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Hallmark House in Pekin, Ill.
Born November 9, 1915 in St. Louis to Frederick and Addie (Price) Grafe.  He married Ione Gray on March 7, 1943 in Maryland Heights, Mo. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Susan (Jim) Wolf, of Pekin, Ill.; two grandchildren, Cara (Jeremy) Wills, of Wheaton, Ill., Kevin (Leah) Wolf of Fort Sill, Okla., and four great-grandchildren Samantha, Rebekah, Elise Wills and Jacob Wolf.
Herman was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Herman graduated from Greenville, Ill. High School in 1933.  While working for the Firestone store in town he played for the “Shells” Oil basketball team traveling  throughout Illinois and Missouri. He then served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater with the 283rd Field Artillery Battalion attaining the rank of Captain.
Herman was a lifelong Rotarian and active in the Vandalia Merchant Association.
He owned and operated Vandalia Tire and Battery for 30 years, retiring in 1977.
He was a member of the Vandalia, Mo. First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for 50 years. After moving to Pekin in 2002, he attended the Pekin First Baptist Church.
Herman was a devoted family man who loved spending time with his family.  He also enjoyed golf, fishing, gardening and travel.  He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Missouri Tigers.  He will be remembered as a faithful, hardworking, kind, patriotic, good man that will be greatly missed.
His funeral service will be Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Mark Friday will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.  Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in Pekin, Ill., 243 Derby Street, Pekin, Ill. 61554 or to First Baptist Church, 700 South Capitol Street, Pekin, Ill. 61554.
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