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Forrest M. DeGraff

Published July 28,2017

Obituary's Biography:

Forrest M. DeGraff, 87, a lifelong resident of Grayslake, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Journeycare in Barrington, IL.  He was born November 6, 1929 in Grayslake to Dorothy and Anton DeGraff.  Forrest was the President of the first class of Grayslake High School in 1947.  He joined the US Marine Corps in 1948 and served during the Korean War as a Sergeant and was a graduate from the Molar Barber College. Forrest retired from the Lake County Department of Transportation as a Manager of the Sign and Traffic Department after 31 years of service.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bank collecting, restoring antique trunks, woodcarving, doing crossword puzzles, playing bingo, going to casinos, traveling, and tinkering in his workshop.  Forrest was a fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, but most of all the White Sox.  He was a member of the Grayslake Historical Society and served as a Boy Scout Leader.  Forrest is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joy (nee: Francis), whom he wed in 1957, his children Elizabeth (John) Mullen, Douglas DeGraff, and Ann (Richard) Coles, his grandchildren Jessica (Kelly) Mullen, Kerri (Mark) Thompson, Michael Mullen, and Kelly (Andrew) Nicholson, Scott Coles, Zachary Coles, and Alex Coles, and his sister Shirley Eckhoff.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Leonard.  A visitation and memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10:00am until 1:00pm with the memorial service commencing at 1:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

3 replies on “Forrest M. DeGraff”

  1. Mrs. DeGraff , Liz , Doug and Ann
    I’m so sorry for your loss . He was a wonderfull guy. I’m sending prayers for your family . I’m sorry I could not make it to the services . God Bless and Godspeed Mr. DeGraff
    Brad Stickels

  2. Mrs. DeGraff, Liz, Doug, and Ann

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to all

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