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Chris Grabau Jr.

Posted December 11, 2013 in Boone, Obituaries

November 28, 1923 – December 9, 2013

Chris Grabau

Chris Grabau

Chris Grabau Jr., age 90, of Boone, passed away Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Madrid Home in Madrid, Iowa.

Following cremation, a Memorial Service will be held in January 2014.

Burial will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone.

Chris was born November 28, 1923 in Boone, Iowa, the son of Chris D. and Louise K. (Moeller) Grabau.

Chris graduated from Boone High School.

On June 9, 1944, Chris and Gretchen Marie Price were married in Des Moines, Iowa.

Chris served in the United States Army during World War II stationed in Germany.

After returning from the service, Chris farmed in Northeast Boone County. Chris really enjoyed his farming years. He was an avid collector of John Deere toy tractors and machinery and restored John Deere Tractors.

Chris is preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters, Elizabeth Wickstrom and Mildred Koppenhaver and his two brothers, Leonard Grabau and Harold Grabau.

Chris is survived by his wife, Gretchen Grabau of Boone; his daughter, Maureen Lightfoot (Tom) of New Mexico; his daughter, Kathleen Grabau (Jerry) of Ankeny, Iowa; his three grandchildren, Kalvin Grabau-Keele (Paige); Jeff Lightfoot (Jenn); Shawn Lightfoot; his two great grandchildren, Olivia Lightfoot and Willow Grabau-Keele.

In memory of Chris, memorials may be directed to his family.

Online condolences may be sent to his family at

Walter~Schroeder Funeral Home at Fifth & Story Streets in Boone is in charge of arrangements.

Information provided by:
Walter-Schroeder Funeral Home
503 Story Street
Boone, Iowa 50036

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