Robert E. Graf, 84, of Mexico, died at 6:40 a.m., Monday April 2, 2018, at Boone Hospital in Columbia.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday June 2, 2018, at the United Church of Christ in Ohlman, Illinois with burial following at the Ohlman Cemetery.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Mexico Elks Lodge, 1705 Christopher Road, Mexico, MO 65265, with Rev. Zane Wharton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the Elks Lodge. Burial will be at a later date in Ohlman Cemetery in Ohlman, Illinois. Pickering Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Robert was born in Miami, Arizona on March 11, 1934. His parents were Arnold Henry and Velma Ruth (Smith) Graf. On June 28, 1952, he married Marjorie Dahler in Ohlman. She survives.
Robert was a member of First Christian Church of Mexico. He was also a member of the Mexico Elks Lodge, Missouri Trap Shooters Association, Amateur Trap Shooters Association, and he was a Life Member of the NRA. He had been inducted into the Missouri Trap Shooting Hall of Fame.
Robert was a pilot and loved flying. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting, fishing, camping and farming.
In addition to his wife Marjorie, he is survived by two sons, Robert E. Graf II, and Carl A. Graf, both of Mexico; two daughters, Diana K. Graf, Cumming, GA, and Lois J. House and husband Harvey W., of Lone Jack, MO; one brother, Howard Graf and wife Dorothy, Mexico; and one sister, Linda Groves, and husband Tom, Mexico; five grandchildren, Isaac Birch, Lisbeth Forrester, Hayden Birch, Ambrah Evans, and Keith House; and 18 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Arlene Moon; one granddaughter, Rachel; one son-in-law, Thomas Birch, and his birth mother Arla Mae Henderson Graf.
The family requests that memorials be given to First Christian Church or to the Missouri Trap Shooters Association (to be used for Youth Scholarships). They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N. Western, Mexico, MO 65265.
Marje and Family, Parrish and I are so sorry for your loss. We really wished we could be there to help celebrate his life. Please know you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers! - Jim and Parrish Whalen
Marje and sons, So sorry to hear about Bob. I know this is a vey difficult time for you all. I send you my sympathy and prayers . I know your pain. So sorry Marty Van Hoosen
Sorry to hear about BOB he was a great guy will miss him. - DENNIS LIERHEIMER
Our condolences and prayers go out to the Graf family . Lou / Marie Marcuzzo ( Omaha , Nebraska)
So sorry to hear Marj. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Beanie Power
My most sincere sympathy to Marjorie and all of the family. When ever Bob would see me at a Trapshoot he would always come up to me and speak and we would have a nice visit. I thought a lot of Bob and I know he will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Sadly, E. Allen Kohler, Huntsville, MO
Dear Graf family, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob Graf. I know he was a vibrant man who was very much enjoyed by everyone who knew him, and I've heard my dad speak of him fondly so often throughout the years. You are all in my prayers. - Carol Badaracco Padgett (Kennesaw, GA)
First met Bob on June 24, 1972 at one of his shoots behind his store and has been my pleasure to have known him all these years. Good guys like him don't come along every day. - Neal Crausbay
Marje and the Graf family: We were saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He left behind many friends, as well as a legacy. We hope all the good memories will help carry your hearts through this time of sadness. He will be missed. - Ernie & Pat Coons
On behalf of The NRA Foundation, please accept our condolences on your loss. Mr. Graf's support of the Foundation and Friends of NRA is well-known and appreciated. He will be missed. - Skipp Galythly, Secretary, NRA Foundation