David M. Graf. 80, was granted eternal rest on July 31, 2018 after a several year battle with cancer. He fought hard but lost to the disease with his daughter by his side. He was born in Lancaster, Ohio on February 20, 1938 to the late John P. and Zelma K. (Moore) Graf. He is predeceased by his parents, and wife of 53 years; Donna L. (Brewer) Graf; stillborn son, Steven David Graf; Sister and Brother-in-Law, Sueann (Rod) Meadows and niece, Angela Priest. He is survived by daughter, Michelle “Shellie” (Darrin) Crawford; son David S. (Angie) Graf; grandchildren, Tighe David, Kennedy and Donavan Crawford, and Conor and Alexis Graf; Brother-In-Law, James (Carolyn) Brewer; nephews, Kevin and Chris Meadows; niece and nephew, Robin and Wes Brewer; many great and great-great nieces and nephews and special friend, Matthew Tighe.
He graduated from St. Mary’s High School of Lancaster in 1956, and was known as “The Fleet-Footed Irish Guard.” He formed “Dave Graf & His Orchestra” his senior year in high school and followed his dreams of being a musician to The Ohio State University on a music scholarship with extreme talents on both the Clarinet and Saxaphone. He was drafted in 1960 and although he wanted to serve his country, he was unable due to difficulties with his eyesight. Former Exaulted Ruler of Grove City Elks Lodge 37 from 1985-86. He held several officer positions in the lodge over prior years. He especially enjoyed raising funds for children with illness, scholarships for education and in support of the Chillicothe VA Hospital. He developed many wonderful friendships during this time. He retired from Grange Mutual Casualty Company in 1992 after 27 plus years of service. He returned to work for Haydocy Pontiac, Durham Staffing and CBS Personnel while also enjoying car detailing as a hobby. He was an avid lover of baseball and college football, loyal to the Cleveland Indians, and The Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He had many cats and dogs over his life and loved animals dearly. He adored all things about the railroad from steam engines to building his own train tables. Later in life his most joy came from spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
Gathering Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 from 3:30pm until the time of Memorial Service at 5pm at Newcomer, SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City, OH. Celebration of life “Cookout Style” immediately after from 6-9 pm at Haughn Glen party house, Haughn Road, Grove City, Ohio.
Special thanks to Ohio Health Hospice and Kobacker House for their care during this difficult time. We truly couldn’t have gotten through this without them. Please make donations in dads honor so that they may continue to provide the special services to patients and their families. What they do is truly amazing.
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