Henry Bernard Grafe, 91, of Avilla, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, January 12. He was born in Liepzig, Germany on October 18, 1921 to the late Albert and Freida Grafe. Mr. Grafe came to the United States at six weeks of age with his parents. He was a WWII US Marine Veteran. He was a member of Avilla Zion Lutheran Church in Avilla and worked as a dairy farmer and painter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, Wanda Grafe, one son, Henry B. Jr., two grandchildren, Jeremy and Cassie Grafe, and two sisters, Anna Smith and Martha Praasterink.
He is survived by his three sons, Jim Grafe, Lynn Grafe, and Mike Grafe and wife Debbie, all of Avilla; nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, two sisters, Lena Thompson of Michigan and Meda Scott and husband Bud of Avilla, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 17, at Avilla Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael Schleider officiating. Burial will follow at Avilla Zion Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 16, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Avilla Zion Lutheran Church, 300 Avilla East Road, Alexander, Arkansas 72002.
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