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George "Joe" Grafton

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George "Joe" Grafton

Forsyth, MO; formerly of Des Moines

Mr. George "Joe" Grafton, 96, of Forsyth, MO died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at his residence. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 28 at Merle Hay Funeral Home with entombment in Merle Hay Mausoleum.

George Robert Grafton, or "Joe", as he was always referred to, was born Wednesday, February 14, 1917 in Des Moines, IA to Thomas and Mable (Rynerson) Grafton. He was raised and attended school in Des Moines. After finishing school, Joe worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1937 to 1939. He met and married Ruth Nelson in 1939 and made their home in Des Moines. In 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 27th Special Service Company as an Automotive Mechanic. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal- Japan, and Sharpshooter Badge with the M-1 Rifle. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of PFC. After his military service, he moved back to Iowa and worked as a warehouse foreman for the SuperValu Stores Inc. He retired in 1982. At that time, he and Ruth made their retirement home in Taney County, MO. His wife Ruth died in 2005. In 2013 Joe met Jacquilene Cantrell in Branson, MO. They were married on August 26, 2013 in Eureka Springs, AR.

Joe was a matchless, charismatic personality. His boyish grin and well-dressed appearance endured him to anyone who knew him. His passion was socializing, traveling, dancing and loving life. He was very giving, caring, mellow and compassionate. He was a member of the Lake Taneycomo Elks Lodge 2597, Forsyth VFW, American Legion and was of the Methodist faith. Mr. Grafton accepted the Lord into his life before his passing by his friend Mr. Glen.

He is survived by his wife, Jacquilene of Mt. Home, AR; one brother, Richard Grafton and wife, Nancy of Des Moines; two sisters, Helen Koski of Hollister, MO, and Grace Doolittle of Rockaway Beach, MO; two granddaughters, Sandy Floer of Rockaway Beach and Carol Meyer and husband, Mark of Waukee, IA; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Joe is survived by his wife Jacqliene of Mountain Home, AR; brother Richard (Nancy) of Des Moines; sisters Helen Koski of Hollister, MO and Grace Doolittle of Rockaway Beach, MO; granddaughters Sandra Floer of Rockaway Beach, MO and Carol (Mark) Meyer of Waukee; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Ruth; son Charles Grafton; daughter Joyce Lenarduzzi; parents, three brothers; Austin, Thomas and William Grafton; sister Virginia; and grandson Russell Harlan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Forsyth United Methodist Church, 14399 US Hwy 160 Forsyth, MO 65653 or to the Access Hospice Promise Foundation, 420 W. Pinhook Rd. Lafayette, LA 70503.

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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 28, 2014
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