David Graff, 83, passed away Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in Spokane.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1925 in Lincoln, Neb. to Peter and Margaret Graff. When he was four years old the family moved to St. Ignatius, Mont. where they farmed and ran a dude ranch. Later he moved to Washington state and then to Portland, Ore. where he worked in the shipyards.
He served in the Navy during World War II where he was recognized as a light heavyweight champion wrestler. After the service he moved back to Washington state, met and married Helen Vineyard of Naches Heights on May 12, 1945.
His first job was with Matt Kegele Orchards. He then worked 40 years in construction, moving and seeing most of the 50 states. He did some logging and retired from Graff and Sons Construction in 1995.
He loved sports of all kinds and always enjoyed watching his sons and grandchildren play. He had numerous nephews and nieces who were very close to him. Terry Graff was like his fourth son. His wife's parents and family were like his own.
He always had a smile and a twinkle in his eyes, especially when Helen walked into the room. He will be remembered for his boisterous laugh and will be surely missed by all.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen; three sons, Tom Graff (Judy), David "Bun" Graff (Cheryl) and Michael Graff (Donna); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers; and five sisters.
Visitation will be held today, Dec. 4, 2008, from 3 until 7 p.m. at Shaw and Sons Funeral Directors in Yakima. Graveside services will be held Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. Those wishing to attend should meet at the cemetery.
Shaw and Sons Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.