Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Charles Wade DeGraffenreid, 89, of Bolivar, Mo., passed away at his home Monday Oct. 22, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Charles was born July 31, 1923 in Aldrich, Mo., the son of Charles Ceibert and Genie Alice Coffey DeGraffenreid. Charles was the 10th of 11 children, which all preceded him in death. He met and married the love of his life, Dorothy May Bates on July 31, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo. To this union was born six sons.

Charles was saved and baptized at Mt. Gilead Methodist Church in Bolivar, Mo. He currently was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Bolivar, and enjoyed The Traveler's Sunday School Class.

Charles began his career with International Harvester with DeGraffenreid Truck and Implement Company in 1957. He was Sales Manager at Vestal Equipment and retired to his farm in 1984 where he loved raising beef cattle. He also loved his annual trip to Texas to go fishing with his five sons.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy, of 66 years, a son Dr. Ron DeGraffenreid, and two grandsons, James and Shawn DeGraffenreid.

Survivors include: his five sons, Kelly and his wife, Donna, of Monett, Mo., Terry and his wife, Brenda, of Cassville, Mo., Jerry and his wife, Marian, of Forsyth, Mo., Rick and his wife, Alexis, of Ava, Mo., and Randy and his wife, Linda, of Pilot Point, Texas. Eleven grandchildren, Stacy and David DeSutter, Shane and Mindy DeGraffenreid, Laura and Jason Simac, Terry Lynn DeGraffenreid Brattin and Mike Brattin, Rob Brattin, Shannon and Wes Culver, Ryan DeGraffenreid, Baron and Tina DeGraffenreid, Kya and Mark Wheeler, Brad and Sarah Wilkerson, and Natalie DeGraffenreid; 19 great-grandchildren, John T., William, Chloe May, Charlie, Allie, Emma, Cameron, Bentley, Reagan, Jayce, Ellyson, Joshua, Cooper, Jaydee Kate, Madysen, Mason, Dakota, Haley, Ryder and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the First Baptist Church in Bolivar with Reverend Billy Russell and Dr. Ray Leininger officiating under the care and direction of the Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar. Musical selections were "Suppertime", "I Will Rise" and "The Anchor Holds." There was a congregational hymn of "Amazing Grace." Burial followed at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Aldrich, Mo. Pallbearers were Shane, Baron and Ryan DeGraffenreid, Mark Wheeler, David DeSutter and Wes Culver.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center, 1500 N. Oakland, Bolivar, MO 65613.