OBITUARY

Max J. Graf III

March 4, 1924June 9, 2021

Max J. Graf III passed away on June 9, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born on March 4, 1924 in Tarrytown, New York. He graduated from high school in Malverne Long Island, New York and Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne with his Bachelors in engineering. He worked as an engineer for Bowser, INC. and was Chief engineer for Bowser Defense Department when they moved to Tennessee. Max worked for I.T.T. of Fort Wayne; OPW in Cincinnati, Ohio; Wayne Pump Co. of Fort Wayne, and retired after 20 years from Tokheim Corp. of Fort Wayne in 1992. He was a veteran of WWII serving four years in the United States Navy Submarine Service, squadron 16. He was a Member of Fort Wayne Engineers, past President of both city and state Industrial Management Club of the YMCA and a member of American Legion Post 296. Max was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He is survived by two sons, Max and Eric Graf, both of Fort Wayne; four daughters, Marta (William) Gruesbeck of Beavercreek, OH, Lori (Stephen) Novick of Fishers, IN, Elyse (Rick) Ziegler of Huntertown, IN, and Eva (Eric) Briggs of Osseo, MI; 15 grandchildren, Kelly Gwathney, William Gruesbeck Jr., Erin Collins, Matthew Teeters, Daniel Teeters, Jordan Novick, Megan Grimes, Mark Grimes, Rachael Powell, Brandon Grimes, Samuel Novick, Michael Teeters, Erica Briggs, Jason Ziegler, Josh Ziegler; 16 great grandchildren; sister, Babara Pratt of Venetia, PA; and sister in-law, Audrey Graf of Westminster, MD; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews all over the country. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 49 years Virginia (Favory) Graf; grandson, Chad Graf; parents, Max and Eva Graf of Orange, VA; sister and brother in-law, Betty and Roy Bailey of Oxford, NY; brothers, William Graf of Boyds MD and Charles of Westminster, MD; and brother in-law, Elwyn Pratt of Beallsville, MD. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm on Monday June 14, 2021 at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held from 3-7pm on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at the funeral home. Burial will be at I.O.O.F. cemetery of New Haven, Indiana. Max gave generously to numerous medical, veterans, and Native American charities. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of the following places that Max donated to; The American Diabetes Association, The American Heart Association, or Wounded Warrior Project.

  • DONATIONS

  • The American Diabetes Association
  • The American Heart Association
  • Wounded Warrior Project

Services

13 June

Visitation

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819

14 June

Visitation

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819

14 June

Funeral Service

12:00 pm

Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Final Resting

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Elyse Ziegler

June 11, 2021

When I think of my Dad I think of all the times he saved me. Anytime I needed anything he was there. Yelling at a clerk at Murphy's at Southtown Mall for making fun of me when I was 12 or 13 because I didn't have enough money to buy the 45 record I wanted. He was there for every car breakdown, marriage breakdown, grandkid breakdown ... he was always there. And I miss him so much today - I remember one time I had twins that were 4 and a 6 month old and I had two flat tires on the way to the babysitter - it was the middle of March and raining cold rain and he came and got me and the kids where we needed to be and totally took care of everything. He is the Best. He laid tile flooring in my house when he was 84 years old ... he was strong man. He always told me "don't brag about yourself, let others find out about you." I will miss him so much. I love you Dad.

Barb Anderson, RN

June 11, 2021

So sorry to hear about Max's passing. He lead such a great life filled with love and service. I thanked him for his Service often. I will miss his smiling face and cheery attitude. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Max, you will be missed.

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