OBITUARY

Rev. Charles David Grauer

January 6, 1945April 3, 2013

Rev. Charles David Grauer DeWitt, Michigan

Charles David Grauer, 68, of DeWitt, Michigan, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2013. Known as “Pastor Chuck,” his life exuded love, service, hard work, and courage. A lifelong boater on Torch Lake, he enjoyed model trains, a Model A, and the Cubs.

Born to Charles and Alice Grauer on January 6, 1945, he grew up in Chicago. Chuck completed a B.S. in business at Northwestern University and an M.Div. at Garrett Theological Seminary. He served as an elder in United Methodist churches in Michigan for 44 years: Frontier, Cambria, Osseo, Lickley’s Corners, and South Pittsford; Lansing Central; Washington Heights and Baseline in Battle Creek; Grass Lake; Three Rivers; Alma; Okemos Community; Plainwell; and Lansing Christ.

Active as a Rotarian and in Scouting, Chuck was a strong advocate of community service as part of faith. He is survived by wife Pat, children Kristen (Timothy Warren); Kimberly; and Lee Jordan (Melissa); and grandson Alex.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., and services will be at 4 p.m., on Sunday, April 7, at Christ United Methodist Church, 517 W. Jolly, Lansing. Donations in Chuck’s name can be made to Christ UMC, Southside Community Kitchen (both at above address), American Liver Foundation(http://go.liverfoundation.org/site/TR/RunforResearch/RunforResearch?px=1784983&pg=personal&fr_id=3260 ) or to Rotary International.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at www.grlansing.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2013
  • Memorial Service Sunday, April 7, 2013
REMEMBERING

Rev. Charles David Grauer

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Cynthia Grostick

January 17, 2014

Dear Pat and family, I found out in July that Pastor Chuck had passed. I was not notified of his passing at the time of the event. I am so sorry but I know he is with God and is not hurting anymore. He was a dear man and friend to me and my Mom for many years. He was there for us during Mom's illness and her ultimate death. So many people were amazed that he checked himself out of the medical facility to conduct Mom's funeral. I consider myself blessed to have had him in my life. He was a great mentor and friend. I will miss him and look forward to the day when I see him again in Heaven. If there is anything I can do for you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact me. In Christ's Love. Cynthia Grostick

Kristen Grauer

September 22, 2013

Dear Dad, it's been not quite six months now. I still miss you, LOTS! Love, KK1

Walter Carlson

July 25, 2013

Dear Pat, you may not remember me. I was an intern at the Mt. Hope Leisure Ministry during the summer of 1974 - and Chuck was my supervisor. I learned an incredible amount from him that summer - I recall you both as caring and gentle people people abiding an awfully inept young pastor. I am saddened to hear of his death but greatly relieved at the reality of resurrection. I am a better person for having known you both, the world is a better place because of you both, and God's heavens are better because of his entry. Peace. Wally Carlson (still a UM pastor - to no small amount due to Chuck Grauer)

May 4, 2013

Pat and Family,
I heard about Chuck's passing from my sister, who lives in the area around DeWitt. I want to extend my deepest condolences to you and tell you how much I appreciated Chuck's personal ministry to me after my return from Israel in late 1981. I don't know how I would have survived the following two years without his encouragement to me a a critical time in my life. My parents passed away in 2012 and members of my family only wish that Chuck would have been available to conduct our Dad's memorial service at 1st UMC in Alma this past June, as well as our mother's upcoming service to be held on August 4th. Chuck meant so much to our parents when they lived in Alma and he was serving the church in that town. Even though I chose another path other than ministry in the UMC, I will always remember his encouragement and support in my decision to attend seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. In addition, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to preach at 1st UMC in Alma and thus fulfill one of the field education requirements at the church where I grew up, as well as his letter of recommendation that enabled me to be admitted to the seminary. I thank God and I thank you once again bringing Chuck into my life during such a crucial period when so many other friends turned out to be "no-shows". He truly was all-substance and no fluff, an expression that would aptly apply to my own parents, Dick and Naomi Crew.
Sincerely,
Bruce R. Crew (formerly of 1st UMC in Alma and now living in Carlsbad, N.M.

May 4, 2013

Pat and Family,
I heard about Chuck's passing from my sister, who lives in the area around DeWitt. I want to extend my deepest condolences to you and tell you how much I appreciated Chuck's personal ministry to me after my return from Israel in late 1981. I don't know how I would have survived the following two years without his encouragement to me a a critical time in my life. My parents passed away in 2012 and members of my family only wish that Chuck would have been available to conduct our Dad's memorial service at 1st UMC in Alma this past June, as well as our mother's upcoming service to be held on August 4th. Chuck meant so much to our parents when they lived in Alma and he was serving the church in that town. Even though I chose another path other than ministry in the UMC, I will always remember his encouragement and support in my decision to attend seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. In addition, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to preach at 1st UMC in Alma and thus fulfill one of the field education requirements at the church where I grew up, as well as his letter of recommendation that enabled me to be admitted to the seminary. I thank God and I thank you once again bringing Chuck into my life during such a crucial period when so many other friends turned out to be "no-shows". He truly was all-substance and no fluff, an expression that would aptly apply to my own parents, Dick and Naomi Crew.
Sincerely,
Bruce R. Crew (formerly of 1st UMC in Alma and now living in Carlsbad, N.M., E-Mail = bruce.r.crew@gmail.com

James Craig

April 12, 2013

I was honored to have Chuck as my godfather and blessed that he was able to baptize my two kids during visits to Michigan in recent years. Thank you to Pat and family for sharing him with us - our entire family will miss his visits.

Sheri and Bill Mattson

April 12, 2013

Dear Pat and family, We recently heard about Chuck and want to extend our deepest sympathies to each of you. We remember fondly the times shared at Okemos Community Church with your family and just recently recalled how much we enjoyed Chuck's sermons which challenged and stimulated our imaginations and Christian spirit. God's blessings...

Bill Craig

April 10, 2013

Chuck had a real calling to the ministry and did a great deal of good in his life. I was privileged to know him and fortunate to be his friend. Rest in peace.

April 8, 2013

Dear Pat and family,
We are saddened by your loss. May Chuck's memory be a blessing for your family.
Peggy and Mike

April 7, 2013

So sorry to hear of Pastor "Chuck's" passing. He was there with us during the sickness and passing of our father Ray mother Marguerite and brother Doug showing the personal feeling and compassion that he has been known for. It was a pleasure to have known him and the world has lost a special servant to the Lord. Our sincere condolences go out to the family in this time of great sorrow.

Bill & John Southwell