Gerald L Graw

August 25th, 1927 to January 12th, 2015

Gerald “Jerry” Graw, 87, of Port Huron Township, went home to be with the Lord on January 12, 2015.

He was born August 25, 1927 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to the late Lawrence and Rosalie Graw. The family moved to Port Huron, Michigan in 1934. He married Betty Ruth Hopp on October 27, 1956 in Port Huron.

After graduating from St. Stephen’s High School in June 1945, he enlisted in the United States Navy to serve during World War II. Upon completion of his military service he returned home to work at various jobs which included sailing the Great Lakes for a season and as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He began work at Grand Trunk Western Railroad in 1951 as a brakeman and conductor until retiring in 1992. He was an active parishioner of St. Stephens Catholic Church, and enjoyed singing in the choir. Throughout his life he loved to stay active, and especially enjoyed roller-blading and ice skating, and shared his passion for bicycling with his children and grandchildren. In retirement he volunteered as driver for the St. Clair Senior Center, and continued to work part-time as a very unique greeter at Sam’s Club - due to wearing his roller blades.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Ruth Graw; their two sons, Steven (Rosie) Graw of Phoenix, AZ, and Matthew Graw of Clyde Township; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Janet Graw of Port Huron, and Joan Vogel of Rochester Hills. He was preceded in death by his brother, James C. Graw.

Visitation will be 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Friday in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.

Mr. Graw will lie in state from 9 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2014 in Holy Trinity Parish - St. Stephen Catholic Church.

Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Port Huron Township. Military honors will be conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Navy and the Veterans Honor Guard Alliance.

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