Gary Dale Graff was born on June 11th, 1943, to Robert A. and Ethel (Erickson) Graff in Springfield, MN, Brown County; baptized and confirmed at Highwater Lutheran Church in rural Lamberton. Gary graduated from Lamberton High School class of 1961. On May 2nd, 1964, he was united in marriage to Diane Lavonne Buetow. Gary was very active in the community and served on numerous boards including the Cemetery Association. He was a devoted council member and past president of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Gary was memorable to everyone he met because of his incredible sense of humor and the way he entertained many through country music for 23 years. He sang with various bands at weddings, funerals, public functions, and benefits. He had a great passion for baseball; he played until he was 33 years of age and was an avid twins fan. Gary had a love for horses as well as a special love for his children and grandchildren; as they were an important part of his life.
Gary died on April 9, 2018, at the Season Hospice House in Redwood Falls, MN at the age of 74 years.
Those who shared his life: Wife; Diane, son; Brent (Kelly) Graff, daughters; Constance Irlbeck, Lori (Dale) Hansen, son in law; Scot Irlbeck - 7 grandchildren; Dylan (Kaylee) Irlbeck, Kelsey Irlbeck, Keenan Hansen, Drew Hansen, Carli Graff, Cameryn Graff, and Somer Hansen - 3 great grandchildren; Aliyah, Braxton, and Cambria Irlbeck - brothers; Bruce (Elona) Graff, Richard (Joanne) Graff, sister; Shirley Mattison, sister in laws; Joyce Graff and Bonnie Graff, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Robert and Ethel Graff, daughter; Constance Irlbeck, brothers; Robert Graff Jr. and Roger Graff, sisters; Arliss Quiring and Janice Coulter, brother in laws; Donald Quiring, Merle Coulter, and Arlo Mattison.
Blessed be his memory.