J. Phillip Graf Jr.

J. Phillip Graf Jr., 66, of LaFontaine, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at his home.

Mr. Graf graduated from Van Buren High School and was employed by Dana for 32 years, retiring in 2001 as a millwright. He was a special deputy with the Grant County Sheriff's Department from 2001 until 2007. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of LaFontaine Masonic Lodge 295 F.&A.M.

He was born June 17, 1946, in Kokomo to John Phillip Sr. and Betty Pierce Graf. He married Sandie Meyer on Dec. 17, 1986, and she survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Tonya (Rob) Bedwell and Jill (Chris) Eastman, both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Becky Diskey, of Huntington; and three grandchildren, Bryce Bedwell, Conner Bedwell and Haven Eastman.

Calling is Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 1810 E. Bradford Pike, Marion. A service will be held at the church on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at 10 a.m., with Rev. Darrell Smith officiating. Entombment will be at Grant Memorial Park, Marion.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Grant County Sheriff's Department Chaplaincy Program in care of Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN 46952.

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