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Obituary for Richard "Dick" Graff


Richard "Dick" Graff
 
Richard "Dick" Graff, 77, of La Crosse, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011, at Hillview Health Care Center, La Crosse.
He was born November 25, 1933, in La Crosse to Fred and Ruth (Thompson) Graff.  Dick was a graduate of Logan High School in La Crosse.  He married Lois Temp on January 15, 1955, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse.  Dick served on the National Guard.  He worked a Trane Company in La Crosse for over 40 years, both in the factory and the office.  Dick recently lost his wife of over 56 years, Lois.  He often said that they had been together for so long, that when it was time for them to go, they would go together.  He died four weeks to the day after Lois passed.  Dick will be remembered for many things including his famous fish fries, even bigger fish tales, feeding the coon, practical jokes, and fun loving nature.  He loved the outdoors and spent much of his time on the river, in the woods, hunting, fishing, hiking, and in his later years, just sitting outside.  Dick loved to "stir the pot".  Yet, he was always there to help out and he would give you the shirt off his back, even if you had just met.  Dick loved his family and competed with Lois on spoiling their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include three children, Rick (Rose) Graff of Stoddard, Kim (BJ) Johnson of La Crosse, and Tracy (John) LeJeune of Coon Valley; eight grandchildren, John LeJeune (Becca) of La Crosse, Erik (Crystal) Johnson of Carp Lake, Mich., Erin Johnson of Melbourne, Australia, Jenny (Lucas) Hanson of Romance, Wis., Greg (Teresa) Graff of DeSoto, Ryan Johnson of La Crosse, Richard (Larissa) Johnson of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Randy Graff (Casey) of Stoddard; five great-grandchildren, Zaidee Graff, Lucy and Evan Johnson, and Josie and Cooper Hanson; three sisters, Shirley (Jack) Johnson of Kenosha, Wis., Betty (Jack) Ringquist of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Karen (Al) Hansen of Crestview, Fla.; three sisters-in-law, Mary Graff of Rolling Hills, Calif., Lola Graff of la Crosse, and Jane Temp of Green Bay, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Leonard, Sonny, Kenny, LeRoy, and Gary.  Despite the fact that Dick and Lois were endearingly referred to as "The Bickersons", he just couldn't stay without her.
In accordance with his wishes, Dick's body will be cremated and there will be no services or burial.  Friends and family are invited to an open house on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at his home.  Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Woodruff Chapel), La Crosse, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.