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Howard Grafelman

January 2, 1933 — December 2, 2014

Benson- Howard L. Grafelman, 81, of Benson, IL passed away at 8:33 pm on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born on January 2, 1933 in Benson to Edgar H. and Marie Schmitt Grafelman. He married Joyce Weber on February 25, 1956 in Benson. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Scott (Sharon) Grafelman of Kansas City, MO; Clint (Rita) Grafelman of Friendswood, TX; two daughters, Lisa (Nick) Kester of Dwight, IL; Rhonda Davis (Lee Edwards) of El Paso, IL; one sister, Judy (Tom) West of El Paso, IL; and eight grandchildren, Sarah (Matt) King, Stephen, John, Emily, and Ryan Grafelman, Doug, Derek, and Nicholas Kester.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Todd Grafelman; one brother, Rodney Grafelman; one sister, Joann Kephart; and one infant granddaughter, Maggie Kester.
A Navy veteran, Howard served his country during the Korean War.
He worked at Caterpillar, Inc. for 40 years before his retirement in 1990.
Howard was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Benson where he had served as secretary for 29 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #464 in Benson where he had served as past commander. He was also a member of the Naval Minesweepers Association. In the past, he had served on the Benson Village Board.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Pastor Nathan Feig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30-11:00 am before the service at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral service and burial of ashes will be in Clayton Township Cemetery at a later date. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is handling arrangements for the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Benson Ambulance or American Legion Post #464 in Benson. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


DEC 6. 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Benson, IL

Funeral Services

DEC 6. 11:00 AM (CST)

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Benson, IL

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