Donald "Don" DeGraff, 94, of Van Horne, entered his "eternal" home Tuesday, July 26, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Prairie City, Iowa, on Aug. 24, 1921, to Harry and Edith (Holdefer) DeGraff. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" Webb on June 16, 1946, in Mitchellville, where Don farmed. In 1956, they moved to Van Horne, where Don started his own business, DeGraff Milling, serving area farmers for 20 years. After his "first" retirement, he was then employed by Kaeberle Grain in Van Horne for almost 20 years. After deciding to "retire" from the grain business, he then became employed by Benton Community Schools and worked as groundskeeper until his final retirement in July 2009 at the age of 87.
Don was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne, where he taught Sunday school and sponsored youth groups for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years; two children, Jon (Candace) DeGraff and Jan (Marty) Thomae; grandchildren, Seth (Jessica) Silhanek, Rebecca (Michael) Weber, Derek Thomae, Daniel (Josetta) Thomae, Rachel (Drew) Frederick, Holly Otto (Mike Strydom) and Brandon Otto; sister-in-law, Darlene DeGraff; brother-in-law, Robert Miller; eight great-grandchildren, with no. 9 arriving in August; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Larry and April Carlson, Simon and Sophia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marvin; and sister, Beverly Miller.
Iowa Cremation is taking care of the family. Visitation will be Sunday, July 31, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne. The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the church.
A very special thank you to Hospice of Mercy staff and Lisa F. (his angel), Ann, Rebecca and Joe, for their loving care of Dad over the months.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Mercy or Salem United Methodist Church, Van Horne.
Posted on Friday, 29 July 2016