Roseau - Joel A. Graff, 72, died Friday, June 28, 2013 at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 3 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush with Father Luis Buitron presiding. Casket bearers include Casey, Corey and Connor Graff, Jillian and Olivia Kurtz, and Chad Erickson. Honorary casket bearer was Gerald Graff. Interment will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Cemetery following services.
Joel A. Graff was born at his home in Soler Township, Roseau County
to Juel and Agnes (Hudson) Graff on Oct.6, 1940. He was baptized and confirmed at the Oiland Lutheran Church of rural Greenbush. He attended school at Island Home, Haug-Leo, and Greenbush and received his G.E.D. in later years.
Joel was united in marriage to Delphine Erickson on July 16, 1960 in Roseau, and they made their home in
After being employed by various contractors and having to spend time away from his family, Joel purchased his first machine, a TS-14 Terex Scraper in 1975. As his business grew, so did his line up of equipment to accept any job big or small. Joel appreciated his customers and always gave them his best. He worked on many of the roads all throughout northern Minnesota.
For 33 years, his son Monte worked by his side. Joel also enjoyed his years of farming and built Joel’s Car Wash in 1986. Papa enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, and often attending his grandson’s sporting events, traveling to the cities to watch his granddaughters dance performances.
Joel was diagnosed with the rare Carcinoid Syndrome and passed away on June 28, 2013 at LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau at the age of 72 years, 8 months, and 22 days.
Joel is survived by his wife Delphine and son Monte (Cindy) Graff both of Greenbush; his daughter Jodi (Dave) Kurtz of Apple Valley; grandchildren: Casey Graff of Fargo, Corey and Connor Graff of Greenbush; Jillian and Olivia Kurtz of Apple Valley; sister, Annette Bergsnev of Greenbush, Brother Larry Graff of Moorhead; brother-in law, John Roggenbuck of Embarrass, and sisters-in-law, Darlene Trahan of Thief River Falls and Ruth Graff of Greenbush; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Pami Jo; parents-in-law, brother Robert Graff, sister JoAnn Roggenbuck and brothers-in-law Orin Bergsnev, A.J. Trahan, and nephew Randy Bergsnev.
Arrangements are with Collins Funeral Home of Greenbush. An online guest book is available at www.collinsfunerals.com.