Jack Gragert

Jack Carl Gragert Jack Carl Gragert, 89, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013, at his home. He was born January 15, 1924 in Topeka, the son of Carl and Thelma (Fluke) Gragert. He attended Topeka High School. He served as a Staff Sargent in the U.S. Army during WWII as a Tank Commander receiving a Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars. Jack owned and operated Jayhawk Body Shop in Topeka for 30 years before retiring. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 400, Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 4319, and was a former member of the Moose Lodge No. 555 all of Topeka. He was also a member of the Sport Fishing Club and attended many WW II reunions. Jack married Peggy Ann Wardell on April 18, 1942 in Topeka. She preceded him in death on April 21, 2001. He married Lois Arlene Hyle on June 9, 2004 in Las Vegas, NV. She survives of the home. Other survivors include five children, Patricia (Paul) Eldien, Lincoln, NE, Janice Haley, Kansas City, MO, Pamela (Ken) Whitney, Santa Fe, NM, Jennifer (Kenney) Grisham, Oklahoma City, OK and John (Susan) Gragert, Silver Lake, KS; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; three step-children; three step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons, Todd Eldien and Brett Haley. A funeral ceremony will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka. Interment with military honors conducted by the Army National Guard will follow at the Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, Topeka. Jack will lie in state after 3 p.m., Monday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com. Jack Carl Gragert

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Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home & Crematory
245 NW Independence Topeka, KS 66608
(785) 234-5850

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Oct. 13, 2013