George A. DeGraeve, 88, of Charlevoix, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011, at his home.
He was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Detroit, the son of Alois and Ida (DeVleeschouer) DeGraeve.
George was a staff sergeant, and served as a medic in the U.S. Army, 275th Armored Field Artillery Battalion during World War II, from Dec. 8, 1939, to Sept. 23, 1945.
In 1943, he married Marcella Brooks in Garden City, Kan. They made their home in Detroit where George worked in the tool and die industry for 40 years. They moved to their Susan Lake home in Charlevoix in 1994.
George was a member of Greensky Hill United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Marci; son, Mick (Barb) DeGraeve of Traverse City; daughters, Susan Smith of Knoxville, Tenn., and Patricia DeGraeve of Lipan, Texas; four grandchildren, Jesse and Amanda DeGraeve, Kristin and Kevin Igielski.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Greensky Hill United Methodist Church in Charlevoix, with the Rev. Timothy Wright officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Michigan, 220 W. Garfield, Charlevoix, Mich. 49720.
George A. DeGraeve, 88
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