William Grau

Aug. 8, 1945-June 23, 2020

William Grau, age 74, of Defiance passed away Tuesday evening, June 23, 2020, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center surrounded by his loving family.

His legacy … He was born Aug. 8, 1945, in Napoleon to the late Lavon and Helen (Perry) Grau. Bill was a 1965 graduate from Holgate High School. After high school, he joined the Navy and became a corpsman, assigned to the Marines at Great Lakes, Illinois. He worked at GM for 40 years until his retirement in 2006. Bill liked to keep busy, he was a volunteer fireman for Noble Co. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #3360, AMVETS Post #1991 and American Legion #340. A Golden Eagle at Eagles Aerie #372, Elk’s #0147, Moose 2094. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, golf and Jack Daniels.

His family … He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy (Karjala), and his five daughters, Michelle (Willard) Thacker, Defiance, Susan (Jill) Bray, Hollyspring, North Carolina, Theresa (John) Landwehr, Holgate, Kelly (Mark) Thelen, Portage, Michigan, and Autumn (James) Kirk, Defiance. William also had 10 grandchildren, Nicholas (Jessica) Thacker, Terri (Travis) Badenhop, Ashley Thacker, Natashia Landwehr, Andrew, Sophie, Emma and Kiera Thelen, Freya and Saoirse Kirk. He also had eight great-grandchildren, Alivia Thacker, Aiden Thacker, Aleah Thacker, Riley Gilbert, Ryan Gilbert, Joshua Lusk, Chevi Badenhop and Cameron Badenhop.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Eugene Jr.; and a great-grandson Austin James.

His farewell services … Friends and family will be received in the Zachrich Family Funeral Home, 114 William St., Holgate, Monday, June 29, 2020, from 10 a.m.-noon. Due to health concerns, a mask is required, social distancing is encouraged and the number of visitors will be regulated at any given time for admittance into the funeral home. Bill’s funeral services will be private.

Contributions in Bill’s memory can be made to the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

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