Franz "Frank" Gunter Graef, 67, of Lake Forest, CA, passed away on Monday, August 18th after a brief but courageous battle with duodenal cancer. Frank was a beloved husband, father, brother and uncle who will truly be missed by many.
Frank was born to the late Michael and Maria Graef on January 3, 1947, in Haid, Austria. He and his family relocated to Cleveland, OH in 1952. Frank graduated from Cathedral Latin High School in 1966 and then served in the U.S. Army from 1967 until 1969. Part of Frank's service in the Army included being a military police officer. Frank married the love of his life, Sharon Myer, in 1975. Frank and Sharon moved to California in 1976, settling in Lake Forest in 1987.
Frank retired in March 2012 after over 40 years of being in the newspaper industry. He started his career at the Cleveland Press and continued in the industry after relocating to California. Frank began as a district manager for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and worked his way to Director of Single Copy Sales for the Press-Telegram, the Torrance Daily Breeze, and the Los Angeles Daily News. He enjoyed working with his colleagues and was well respected.
Nothing made Frank happier than spending time with his loving family and friends, and also restoring his 1968 Oldsmobile 442. With his infectious smile, a twinkle in his eye, and signature thumbs up, Frank approached all aspects of life with generosity, kindness and humor. He was the quintessential gentleman with a heart of gold.
Frank is survived by his dearly loved wife, Sharon and children, Jennifer (Grant) Lee of Lake Forest, CA, and Adam (Chelsea) Graef of Irvine, CA. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne Graef of Cleveland, OH and brothers, Michael Graef of Kenosha, WI and Tony Graef of Kissimmee, FL. Frank is predeceased by his brothers, Lothar Graef (Maryanne Graef) and Hans Graef. Frank also leaves behind his beloved aunt, cousins, nieces and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the
to help find a cure for cancer. To make a donation, please visit Frank's webpage at: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pxfid=1679203&fr_id=9910&pg=fund&fl=en_US&et=YysRYmWsGmxHY5SImEqcag&s_tafId=136162.
Services will be held at 10:15am on Friday, September 5th at Staging Area 1, Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518. A reception will follow at the family's residence in Lake Forest. Condolences may be sent online at www.bobbittchapel.com. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. BOBBITT MEMORIAL CHAPEL
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Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 31, 2014