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E. "Bob" Graue, 79, of Lincoln, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at 3:23
a.m., at home with his family.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Holland Barry and
Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln.
His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family
Catholic Church in Lincoln, with Father Thomas Taylor
Inurnment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mr. Graue, a retired General Motors dealer, was
president of Graue Inc. in Lincoln and was very
active in the community.
He proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine in
the Korean War.
He was born Feb. 25, 1930, in Lincoln, to Walter
and Gertrude Lee Graue. He married Joan Georgi in
Lincoln on May 7, 1955.
Surviving are his wife, of Lincoln; two
daughters, M. Elizabeth Graue (and Clark Landis) of
Madison, Wis., and Barbara A. (and Brad) Nikles of
Lincoln; three sons, Mark E. (and Bobbette) Graue of
Lincoln, Steven R. Graue (and Annie V. Picard) of
Chicago and Christopher J. (and Phyllis) Graue of
Lincoln; and eight grandchildren, Ethan, Olivia and
Jackson Graue, Derek and Patrick Graue, Kate Nikles,
and Sam and Max Graue-Landis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son,
Thomas J. Graue; and one brother, Darrell Graue.
Mr. Graue was a member of Holy Family Catholic
Church in Lincoln, where he served as trustee and
He was also a member of the American Legion,
Lincoln Elks Club, Lincoln Rotary Club and Knights
of Columbus, Fourth Degree. He served as president
of the Lincoln-Logan County Chamber of Commerce and
chairman of the chamber's tourism committee,
president and charter member of the Lincoln Jaycees,
and president of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital board of trustees.
He was a 10-gallon contributor to the Red Cross
He had served as a member of the executive
council of the Logan County Cooperative Extension
and achieved designation as Master Gardener.
He managed to devote himself to all of these
organizations, resulting in his being named a Paul
Harris Fellow through Rotary International in April
of 1989, Rotarian of the Year in 2006, Lincoln
Courier Citizen of the Year in 1991 and the Lincoln
Jaycees Citizen of the Year in 1992. He also
received the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award in
He was educated at Sugar Grove and Elkhart grade
schools, Lincoln Community High School and St.
Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
While being devoted to his church, his business
and his community, Bob Graue was first and foremost
devoted to his family.
Memorial donations may be made to Holy Family
Catholic Church, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
or the Humane Society of Logan County and will be
accepted at the funeral home.
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