William F. "Bill" Gragg of Abilene was born August 25, 1915 in Valley Falls, Kansas the son of Floyd and Mamie (Cosby) Gragg. He moved to Abilene when he was in the 6th grade and graduated from Abilene High School in 1933. He married Faye Verla Engle on October 29, 1939 at her parents home south of Abilene. He was a member of the First Christian Church for over 75 years.
In his early years, Bill worked as a meat cutter at Safeway. Then for several years, he worked for the KPL power plant south of Abilene, before retiring from the post office in 1983. Although he was thankful for several full-time employments, his favorite job was working to improve his farmland with terraces and waterways, so he could leave the land better than he found it.
Mr. Gragg is a veteran of WWII, having served in the Navy during 1944-45. As a Seaman 1st Class, he was part of the fire control on the Battleship USS Washington in the Pacific Theater under ADM Nimitz. He received an honorable discharge on December 24, 1945, after seeing action near Okinawa and Iwo Jima.
Bill passed away Thursday, August 8, 2013 at the Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. He is survived by his children Sandy Heroneme of Abilene, Kay and her husband Ron Schnelle of Johnson City, Tennessee, Judy and her husband Stan Gossage of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Mark and his wife Beth Gragg of Salina, Kansas. He also has nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife Faye on March 18, 2005, son-in-law Chuck Heroneme, a great granddaughter, a great great granddaughter, his brothers Gerald Philipp and John M. Gragg, and his parents.
Funeral services for Bill will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home with the Reverend Ray Stites officiating. His final resting place will be in the Abilene Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Navy Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Countryside Estates and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.martinbeckercarlson.com
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of William F. "Bill" Gragg)