James Bernard Gratton

Aug. 1, 1948 - Oct. 2, 2012
James (Jim) Bernard Gratton passed away peacefully at his home in Willits, CA., on Oct. 2. Born in Wisconsin, on Aug. 1, 1948, he lived in Benicia, CA., most of his life. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Cramer (Kervina), father, Jack Gratton, and grandson, Jackson Hill.
Survived by his daughter, Jaime (Gratton) Hill; son in law, Benjamin Hill; granddaughter, Alexandria Hill; sister, Barbara (Gratton) Aton; brother in law, Robert Aton; brother, Richard Gratton; uncle, Ray Kervina; aunt, Gloria Kervina; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and many lifelong dear friends.
James served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Army, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Arrow Platoon, 1st Infantry Division bringing home three Bronze "V" stars, a purple heart, numerous awards of air metals and most importantly great friends that he holds dear to his heart.
He enjoyed his life in the home that he built in Willits and spent his days working hard on his property or sitting on his porch spending time making precious memories with his family and friends.
Honoring Jim's request, no services will be held. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Benicia Veterans Memorial Building, Casa Grand Room from 1 to 5 p.m., 1150 First St., Benicia CA 94510.

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Oct. 6, 2012