Norbert Grawe, age 90, of rural Curryville, passed away unexpectedly at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Mo. with a prayer service being held at 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia. Officiating will be Father Russell Judge.
Norbert Grawe was born May 7, 1921 near Ashley, Mo., the son of Joseph and Ceile (Kamler) Grawe. He was married to Wilma Lee Doyle in Vandalia on May 1, 1952.
Norbert was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold J. Grawe and Elmer Grawe. Survivors include his wife Wilma of rural Curryville; one sister Pauline Harris of Wellsville; niece Karen and husband Dave Wilkinson of Mexico, Mo.; also survived by several other nieces and nephews.
Norbert was a lifelong Pike County resident and attended area schools near Ashley. He farmed near Curryville and when his country called, he joined the U.S. Navy and fought during World War II in the Pacific Theatre on the battleship U.S.S. Pennsylvania. In October 2010, Norbert was one of the honorees on a Veterans Flight to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
After returning home from the service, he and Wilma married and they owned a farm south of Curryville. Norbert also began working in the machine shop at Harbison-Walker Refractories in Vandalia. He worked at Harbison-Walker for over 30 years, retiring in 1983. Norbert continued to farm and was a faithful member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years.
Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers were Troy Brown, Tim Brown, Gene Grawe, Roy Grawe, Tony Grawe, and Robert Morris. Memorials are encouraged to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia or to the donor’s choice.