2015-05-14 / Obituaries

Fred Stephen Graf

June 6, 1950 – March 18, 2015

A memorial service for Fred S. Graf, 64, of Washington, Illinois is scheduled for 11:00 am on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Highview Christian Church in Washington, Illinois with visitation one hour before the service and burial of ashes to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Fred was born on June 6, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois to George and Ruby (Klee) Graf. He graduated from Central-Peoria High School in 1968, excelling in chemistry and tennis. In 1967 he and teammates started a four-year winning streak that led Central HS tennis team to break the national record for 116 consecutive dual match wins from 1967-1971. On March 9, 1970 he married Sharon (Gilles) Graf in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He retired in 1998 after 30 years of service with Caterpillar Tractor Company in East Peoria. After retiring he enjoyed gardening and tending to his trees and property and spending winters in central Texas with his family.

Surviving are wife: Sharon; children: Kelly Graf and Ted Goebel, Christine Graf, and David and Kristen (Stoens) Graf; grandchildren: Ian, Benjamin, and Kaitlyn Graf; and siblings: Suellen Appleby of Escondido, CA, Timothy Graf of Peoria, IL, Samuel Graf of Mascoutah, IL, and Cynthia McCann of Toulon, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Compassion International, Life Today, or charity of choice.

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