James M. Graetz,
81, of Mt. Carmel, IL passed away on Monday, January 7, 2013, at Oakview Nursing Home in
Mt. Carmel, IL.
He was born on December 5, 1931, in Gibson County, IN; the son of Oliver and Gertrude (Chamberlain) Graetz.
He was married to Shirley Leach
for 56 years and she survives.
James worked for the New York
Central on the railroad and retired after 42 years with Conrail as a conductor.
He was a member of the EvangelicalUnitedMethodistChurch, Mt. Carmel Elks #715 and a life-time member of the
VFW. He also served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife,
Shirley Graetz; three children, Melinda (Mark) Cherry
of Swansea, IL, Marci (Kent) Deisher of Mt. Carmel,
IL and Mike Graetz of Mt. Carmel, IL; five grandchildren, Sarah (Nick) Shafer, Ashley
(Darrin) Martin, Erin (Zac) Goldman, Steven Deisher and Nick Deisher; and two
great-grandchildren, Elle Martin and Kyndal Shafer.
Preceding him in death were
his parents; two sisters, Mary Louise Kunkel and Clara Johnson; and three
brothers, Tom Graetz, Bill Graetz
and Herb Graetz.
Visitation will be from on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Short Funeral Home, Mt. Carmel, IL.
Funeral service will be at on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the chapel of Short Funeral Home with burial at HighlandMemorialCemetery, Mt. Carmel, IL.