Jack  DeGraffenreid

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Jack DeGraffenreid, formerly of Carl Junction, Mo., passed away September 14, 2018. Jack was born in 1937, in Hockerville, Okla., one of 10 children born to Bud and Bessie DeGraffenreid.
Jack enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1957 and while stationed in Alexandria, La., met his future wife, Cecilia Elizabeth Gravel. They were happily married for 54 years until Elizabeth's death.
Jack started his 40-plus year employment with Empire District Electric, in the mailroom and retired as superintendent of the Asbury Generating Station.
Jack is survived by his only child, Jim DeGraffenreid; daughter-in-law, Julie; granddaughters, Mary and Grace DeGraffenreid, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and by two brothers, two sisters and many nieces and nephews
Jack was a devoted husband and loving father and brother. He loved children, cardigan sweaters and finding a spring, brook or other place to enjoy with his son.
A Rosary will be recited on Friday, September 21, at 5 p.m. at Simpson Funeral Home, with visitation continuing after the Rosary until 6:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, September 22, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Webb City, Mo. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Sacred Heart Church, in Webb City, or to the Royal and Ray Dean DeGraffenreid Scholarship at Webb City High School.
Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, in Webb City.
Visit www.simpsonfh.com for online condolences.
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Published on September 20, 2018
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