Frank A. Grahl, Jr. 87 of Martin, Ohio, died Monday, March 4, 2013, in Riverview Health Care Campus, Oak Harbor, after a nine-month courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Sandusky (formerly Venice) to Frank A. and Matilda (Groth) Grahl. He attended Venice School and graduated from Margaretta High School, Castalia, in 1944.
Frank was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Japan.
He was a member of American Legion Post 324 in Genoa; Genoa Lodge 433, F. & A.M. and Oak Harbor Chapter 162, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio. He was an accomplished carpenter and construction worker belonging to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union since 1954. He worked for Catalytic Construction, Toledo, until his retirement.
Frank enjoyed spending his time outdoors working diligently in his yard and garden at the home he built for his family in 1955. Frank also enjoyed playing cards and various board games, reading and supporting his favorite sport teams.
Frank was an active member of Elliston Zion United Methodist Church where he married June A. Boss on Sept. 3, 1949. June preceded him in death on Nov. 23, 2001.
Frank is survived by his daughter, Diane (Marc) Durica, of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Traci A. Durica, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Todd A. Durica, of Charlotte; sisters, Viola Liptok and Inez Renner,of Sandusky; sisters-in-law, Lenore Grahl, Jane (Donald) Chime and Nona Boss; and brother-in-law, Glenn (Kathy) Boss. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Chester Grahl and Melvin Grahl; sisters, Evelyn Grahl and Lois Moody; sister-in-law, Christine Grahl; brothers-in-law, Al Boss, John Liptok, Ralph Moody, and Kermit Renner.
Friends and family are invited to call 3-8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Crosser Funeral Home, Oak Harbor. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, at Zion United Methodist Church, Elliston. The Rev. Larry Keeler will officiate. Interment will be in Elliston Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion United Methodist Church or Stein Hospice.
Condolences may be shared with Frank’s family at crosserfuneralhome.com.