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Darrell L. Graf

December 22, 1940 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Darrell Graf Obituary

Darrell L. Graf, 83 years old, passed away at 6:20 pm on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Avow Hospice, Naples, FL.  Darrell was born on December 22, 1940, in LaPorte, IN to the late Fred W. and Bonnivere J. (Welsh) Graf, Jr.  He has remained a lifelong resident of Lakeville, while wintering in Marco Island, FL.  On September 10, 1961, in Lakeville, IN, Darrell and Florita A. Frick were united in marriage. 

Darrell is survived by his wife, Florita, of 62 years, and their two children: Camille (Mark) Dickey of Chicago, IL and Dennis (Beth Griffey) Graf of Lakeville.  He is also survived by his brother, Jerry (Diane) Graf of Mishawaka, IN and sister, Janet (Michael) Burnett of Lakeville.

    

He graduated from Lakeville High School in 1958, where in his senior yearbook, he was regarded as “Cool-Dresser”.  After graduation, he went on to work for Ideal Consolidated for 46 years, in which 20 of those years he was the owner & operator.  In 2007 he retired & was able to become a “full-time” snowbird with Florita in Florida.  In his early adult years, he was a member of the Lakeville Masonic Lodge where he went on to become a mentor for the Demolay organization there as a “Dad”.   He also was a member of the Lakeville Christian Church, along with the United Methodist Church in South Bend.    As many know, he was always an avid Notre Dame fan, especially when it came to football.  For many years, he enjoyed farming with his father, Fred, along with raising Angus cattle.  If he wasn’t doing those things, he would have been on the tractor mowing up & down Quinn Road, which he continued to do until they left for Florida last fall.  He always loved the warmth of the sun, so his afternoons were spent either walking on the beach or relaxing on the balcony.  The farm & the beach always brought him joy & were his “happy places”.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Palmer Funeral Home within the Palmer Community Complex, 601 N. Michigan Street, Lakeville, IN. Friends may visit with the family Friday, February 23, 2024, from 4:00 PM to 7:00PM and again Saturday beginning at 10:00 AM. Pastor Dan Berger from Lafayette, IN will be officiating. Palmer Funeral Home-Lakeville will be assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Darrell L. Graf can be made to:

   - Mayo Clinic for Amyloidosis Research

        www.philanthropy.mayoclinic.org

       “Designate gift to” - “other”

       “Tribute” information - “in memory of Darrell Graf”

   - LaVille High School Athletic Department

        - Checks can be made to “LaVille High School Athletic Department” designated to

           Darrell Graf Fund

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 23, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home within the Palmer Community Complex
601 N. Michigan St.
Lakeville, IN 46536
Guaranteed delivery before the Visitation begins

Visitation
Saturday
February 24, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Palmer Funeral Home within the Palmer Community Complex
601 N. Michigan St.
Lakeville, IN 46536
Guaranteed delivery before the Visitation begins

Memorial Service
Saturday
February 24, 2024

11:00 AM
Palmer Funeral Home within the Palmer Community Complex
601 N. Michigan St.
Lakeville, IN 46536
Guaranteed delivery before the Memorial Service begins

Donations

Mayo Clinic for Amyloidosis Research
Web: http://www.philanthropy.mayoclinic.org

Laville High School Athletic Department
69969 IN-931, Lakeville IN 46536

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