Taken from us too soon, MR. JONATHAN WAYNE GRAEBER, 28, passed away in his home on January 14, 2009. Trusting in God's infinite wisdom, we know Heaven holds a special place for our Jonathan, who was a warm, caring and compassionate friend to all who knew him. He was born September 9, 1980 to Larry Charles (deceased 2008) and Mary Van Rheen Graeber in Houston, Texas and he was raised in Pasadena, Texas. Jonathan graduated from Deer Park High School in 1999 and from the University of Houston in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science-Mechanical Engineering & Technology degree. While working full-time in the oil industry, Jonathan earned an Executive Master of Business Administration Banking & Finance from Sam Houston State University in August 2008. Jonathan's professional memberships were: Industrial Board of Advisors University of Houston, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Society for Testing and Materials and Energy Rubber Group. Jonathan is survived by his loving mother, half-brother Justin Graeber; and his family: Connie & Steve Gore, children Alex Smith; Jennifer Smith and her children Brendan, Ashton and Madeline; Dan Van Rheen; Becky & Bruce Hanlon, children Travis and Jessica; Julie & Dennis McGowen; Barbara Van Rheen; Robert Van Rheen, children Rob, Amber and Brandon; Jane Van Rheen; Bud & Karole Ward; Kenneth & Becky Graeber; Herbert & Donna Graeber; Shirley & Tim Meier; Lynda Graeber; extended family members and his very dear friends he treasured so much. A Memorial Service will be held at Christ the Redeemer Church on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. located at 11507 Huffmeister Road, Houston, Texas 77065 (281-469-5533). Floral arrangements may be delivered to the attention of Ms. Bobbi Lund in the church office by 9:30 a.m. on January 21st. A memorial gift may be made in Jonathan's name to the Houston SPCA, 713-869-SPCA or online at www.houstonspca.org.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 18, 2009