James E. Grawe (1922 - 2012)

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INDEPENDENCE – James E. Grawe, 90, of Independence, died Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Buchanan County Health Center at Independence . He was born on May 24, 1922, at Dyersville, the son of Alois Bernard and Irene Margaret (Marron) Grawe. He graduated from the Lawler High School in 1941. James served his country with the United States Navy, a Machinist's Mate first Class on the Destroyer, USS Hilary P. Jones during WWII. James served in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, and South Pacific Theatres.
On Dec. 17, 1946, James was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae McComb.. Together they followed the occupation of farming for many years. James was also a Power Plant Engineer at the Mental Health Institute in Independence for many years.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-five years, Dorothy of Independence; three nieces and one nephew.
James was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Dorothy Claire Underwood and Bette Jean Heiselman.
Funeral Services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, 1500 N. Franklin Street, Manchester, with Rev. Richard Gaul officiating.
Friends called for visitation from 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday. Dec. 4 at the funeral home.
Interment with Military Rites was at Center Grove Cemetery, Dubuque.
Online condolences may be left with www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Dec. 3 to Dec. 15, 2012
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