MURPHYSBORO - Freeman Eugene "Gene" Graeff, 94, passed away at 6:22 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Murphysboro.
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Gene was born Sept. 1, 1919, in Murphysboro, a son to the late Freeman and Emma (Smith) Graeff.
He was united in marriage to Betty R. Stout on Jan. 17, 1943, in Jackson, Mo.. Betty preceded him in death Dec. 19, 2012.
Gene was an active member of First Baptist Church of Murphysboro; where he had been a member of the board of Trustees and deacons, he also served with church youth activities and in countless other ways. He was a former board member of Murphysboro School District, and was an avid supporter of Murphysboro school athletics.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and proudly served during WWII and was wounded at the battle of the Bulge.
He was a retired owner Bill and Gene's Tom Boy Supermarket in Murphysboro. He was a meat cutter for most of his life, and he was also retired from the Jackson County Highway Department.
Gene was a member of American Legion Paul Stout Post 127 and VFW Post 7190, both in Murphysboro.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church in Murphysboro. Rev. Shaker Samuel of the First Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Tower Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro with military rites by American Legion Post 127, VFW Post 7190, both of Murphysboro; VFW Post 2605 of Carbondale and Jackson County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 69. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials are encouraged and may be made to First Baptist Church in Murphysboro.
Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jeanne and Max Mason of Liberty, Mo.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Stan and Jo Graeff of Murphysboro and Philip and Micki Graeff of Saint Peters, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Long of Bethesda, Md., Stuart (Patty) Ludlow of Kansas City, Mo., Megan R. Graeff of Chicago, Joey A. Graeff of St. Louis, Timothy (Jennifer) Graeff of Colorado Springs, Colo., Alison Graeff of St. Louis, and Christopher Graeff of Saint Peters; eight great-grandchildren, Audrey and Ingrid Long, Madeline and Graham Ludlow, Braden, Kaelyn, Devon and Jacen Graeff.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ellen Woolard, and Pollyann Stewart; and three brothers, Roger, John and Carl Graeff.
To send a condolence or additional information, visit www.crawshawfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2013