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William (Bill) James Graettinger

May 28, 2010

ESTHERVILLE – Mass of Christian Burial for William (Bill) James Graettinger, 61, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Brian Hughes as Celebrant. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with vigil prayer service 7:30 p.m. at the church.

William James Graettinger was born Aug. 17, 1948, in Spencer, the firstborn and eldest son of Edwin and DeEtte (Wunder) Graettinger. Bill was a member of the graduating class of 1966 from Graettinger High School, attended ILCC in Estherville and in 1971 graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in business and psychology. In 1993, Bill married Joyce Peters of Estherville.

A big part of Bill’s life was reaching out to help others which was evident through his involvement as a member of and his leadership roles in many service, volunteer, environmental and church organizations, including the St. Jude Bike-a-thon, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Kinship. He was also a Master Gardner and a member of the Emmet County Soil and Water Conservation District as well as the Iowa Lakes Resource Conservation and Development Commission (RCDC)

There were a number of years when Bill was an active member of the American Soybean Association and the National Soybean Growers Association. In 1983 Bill was awarded a new Nissan pickup for selling 207 new memberships in that organization. In 1985 Bill was a guest of ICI Americas who sponsored his trip that year to Belgium and England.

During his youth, Bill was a faithful altar server at Immaculate Conception Parish, Graettinger, and as an adult he continued his faithful service to his parish family at St. Patrick Church, Estherville, where he volunteered as a religious education instructor for 15 years and was a longstanding member of the Peace and Justice Committee. He was a dedicated and passionate lector, lector scheduler and trainer for the parish for many years.

Bill died peacefully at the family farm west of Graettinger on Sunday, May 23, 2010, after a courageous battle against cancer. He is survived by his mother, DeEtte Graettinger, of Graettinger; brother, Tim Graettinger (Chrissy), of Cherokee; sisters Wynette Moore (Bob) of Milford, Marlys Graettinger of Graettinger and Julia Graettinger of Graettinger; nephews Brian, Kevin and John Moore; nieces Anna Schmidt and Anji Evans as well as two great-nieces and four great-nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Graettinger (1988); infant sister Irene (1957); maternal grandparents Hans and Myrtle Wunder and paternal grandparents John and Augusta Graettinger, as well as aunts, uncles and a host of other beloved relatives and friends.

On-line condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com