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William G. "Billy" GRAFF


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William G. "Billy" GRAFF Obituary
Of St. Anthony, passed away at the VA on Friday, January 11, 2019. He was 81 years old. Billy was born November 17, 1937, to Gilbert and Catherine Graff in St. Paul, MN. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1956 and served four years. In his earlier years, Billy enjoyed bowling, golfing and fast pitch softball. He was inducted into the St. Paul Fast Pitch Association Hall of Fame on October 13, 2004. Billy enjoyed many activities in his retirement including relaxing in the sun, driving his cherished Red Dodge Ram, spending his winters with his bride down South, being an active member of the MSRA and maintaining a meticulous yard. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and particularly his beloved Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Billy is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce; children Gary Graff (Jolene), Kim Bjornberg (Gary), Dann Graff (Karmen); Grandchildren Sara Ison (BJ), Tim Bjornberg (Kristen), Kelly DeWahl (Aaron), Jenny; Great Grandchildren Jack, Afton, Joey, Caleb, Athena, Owen; Sisters Myrna Matykiewicz and Gayle (Al) Spannbauer. He is preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Catherine. At Billy's request, his body will be donated to the University of Minnesota for the advancement of science. A memorial service will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Our beloved #11 has gone to Heaven!
Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 13, 2019
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