Russel "Buzzy" Grall(1943 - 2013)

Grall, Russel "Buzzy"

Russel "Buzzy" Grall age 70, of 1200 Lake Cato Drive, Reedsville, died Monday, November 11, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his wife and children.

Buzzy was born June 22, 1943 in Manitowoc, son of the late Arthur and Cora (Giese) Grall. He graduated from Valders High School with the class of 1961. On August 21, 1970 Buzzy married the former Sandra Trumbower at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Whitelaw. He lived in the Whitelaw area his entire life. He worked for Bahr Construction as an operating engineer until he bought his fathers business in 1971. Buzzy and his wife Sandra owned and operated the business as Grall's Service, providing automotive repair and towing along with full service gas. In 1983 they converted the business to a convenience store, renaming it to Whitelaw Convenience Center, and the auto repair was moved into another building and operated until 2000. He also built and rented storage units. Buzzy worked hard and played hard, he could fix or build almost anything. He was talented with concrete, plumbing and anything electrical. He was always constructing something, which friends lovingly called "Buzzy Projects". Buzzy liked skiing in his younger days at Hidden Valley where he was on the Ski Patrol. He bowled, sponsored bowling teams and played softball. He ran Las Vegas trips and organized a couple's golf league. Buzzy loved to entertain, whether it was backyard pool parties, night golf, or playing sheepshead. Buzzy loved trips with friends, especially cruises, and really enjoyed golfing with his buddies Marv, Gene, and Kenny. He was a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church. He was a past member of the Amoco Dealer Advisory Council, Manitowoc Business Association and Manitowoc Elks Club. Buzzy was also a past president and member of the Whitelaw Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife: Sandra Grall, Reedsville; four children: Shannon Grall, Milwaukee; Justin Grall, Milwaukee; Nathan Grall, Whitelaw; Aaron Grall, Whitelaw; two grandchildren: Cohen and Liam Grall, Whitelaw; one sister: Diane Grall Araus, Whitelaw; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Thomas (Doris) Grall, Whitelaw; Stanley (Mary) Grall, Manitowoc; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Susan (Larry) Hausser, IL; Sheree (Bill) Schuh, Manitowoc, two godchildren: Gina Pfalzgraf and Noelle Grall; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son: Matthew John Grall; one brother-in-law: Alfredo Araus.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 15, 2013 at St. Michaels Catholic Church, 110 West Menasha Avenue, Whitelaw. Rev. Richard Klingeisen will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at St. Michaels Catholic Church from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A parish prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. led by Fr. Klingeisen. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of mass at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name. The Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Kellnersville is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family would like to thank Dr. Jordan, Dr. Rosenberg, Dr. Baatz and his nurses Angie Popp, Brenda Behnke and Anna Lenz for the care and compassion given to Buzzy during his illness.

Funeral Home

Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home
1124 Main Street Kellnersville, WI 54215

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Nov. 13, 2013