Kenneth W. Graulich, 85, of Lake City, FL, went to be with his Lord Wednesday January 30, 2013 after a long illness. He passed while at the Veteran's Hospital in Lake City. Mr. Graulich was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 22, 1927. In his youth, he was a catcher in the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league organization and acquired the name "Socco" because of his hitting and catching prowess. It was the name all of his family and most of his friends affectionately called Ken. During World War II, Mr. Graulich bravely served his country as a U.S. Navy Seabee. In 1952, he married his first love, Lorraine Libath, and went on to have two daughters, Linda and Valerie, but lost his beloved Lorraine to cancer in 1965. Mr. Graulich was employed at a variety of occupations in his lifetime, including truck driver, construction supervisor, and Public Works Director in the City of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Ken loved his sports, baseball and hockey and enjoyed coaching Pop Warner football and church league softball in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He remarried Martha Atwell and for many years was a loving stepfather to Jim, Lori, Missy, and Beth. Mr. Graulich's greatest joy in life was his relationship with Jesus Christ, his favorite Bible verse being Philippians 4:13. In honor of that, Ken served others tirelessly, recently being recognized for over 11,000 hours of volunteering at the Veteran's Hospital. He was a faithful member of Berea Baptist Church in Lake City. Ken is survived by his two daughters Linda and her husband Brad Varnum of Dunedin, FL and Valerie and her husband Bob Mullis of West Palm Beach, FL. Ken's six grandchildren are Justin (Jo), Jared (Mandi), Jessica, and Jill Varnum and Robby (Michelle) and Jenny Mullis. Ken was also blessed with four great grandsons, Brant, Maddox, Wyatt and due in June, Noah Kenneth. A memorial will be held for Mr. Graulich on February 15th at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of the VA Medical Center, 619 S. Marion Ave. in Lake City. A celebration of Ken's life will also be held on February 16th at 11:00 AM at the Berea Baptist Church, 162 SW Ridge St. in Lake City. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations are made to the VA Medical Center in Lake City, FL. (Please note on the memo line: GPF8102 in memory of Ken Graulich).
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Published in Lake City Reporter on Feb. 13, 2013