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Obituary: Darrel C. Graf

March 4, 1939 ~ June 21, 2021

Darrel C. Graf, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, died at his home on June 21, 2021.  He was born March 4, 1939, in Sevastopol to Werner and Martha (Ferron) Graf.  Darrel graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1957.  Starting in high school,  he served his country in the United States Army Reserves for 22 years.  On July 12, 1958, he married Sheila M. Paul at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay.

After working several jobs, Darrel founded Midwest Wire in Sturgeon Bay, which he owned and operated for many years.  He was an extremely active member of his community during his life.  He served as an alderman on the Sturgeon Bay City Council, and as a member of the County Board.  He was a member of the AMVETS, Knights of Columbus, The Moose Lodge, and The Eagles Lodge.  He was also involved with the National Ski Patrol, served on the board of the Sunshine House, and operated a Door County Fish Boil at the Wisconsin State Fair for 15 years. 

Darrel was currently the CEO of Great Lakes Testing in Green Bay.  He and Sheila enjoyed many winters in Florida.  Darrel was a very active and social person who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and always had a project of some kind going.

Survivors include his wife; 2 children, Lisa (Michael) Graf-Miller, Green Bay; Chris Graf, Cape Coral, FL; 5 grandchildren, Nicole, Mitchell (Callyn), Spencer, Alysan, and Marissa; 1 great-granddaughter Nora;  brother-in-law E.G. (Mary Rose) Paul, and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Roger, Millard, and Leon; 2 sisters, Delores and Mary Kay.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday June 26, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating.  Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum with military honors.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.  Face masks are requested for those who have not been vaccinated.

Special thanks to the first responders, deputies, and paramedics for their efforts and kindness; to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center for the excellent care, and to Darrel’s special nephew Danny for the years of help and support.