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Earl W. Grater

August 31, 1920 July 11, 2013
Earl W. Grater
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EARL W. GRATER, 92, of 19190 Round Grove Rd, Morrison, IL, died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Morrison. Earl was born August 31, 1920, in Malvern, IL, to William E. and Hazel M. (Book) Grater. He was a graduate of the Malvern Grade School. On March 8, 1942, he married Betty L. Linder in Morrison. Earl engaged in farming in the Malvern area of rural Morrison. While farming he also worked for 26 years at Frantz Manufacturing in Sterling, IL. He was a former member, trustee, Sunday school teacher and superintendent of the Malvern Evangelical United Brethren Church. He was currently a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church. Earl served as a founding board member of the Clystic School and was a member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau. He loved sports of all kinds and enjoyed attending the sporting events of his grandchildren. He was an avid vegetable and flower gardener. For many years he donated his green beans to the Morrison Food Pantry and supplied the produce table at the Morrison United Methodist Church in support of missions. Survivors include his wife, Betty; five daughters, Cheryl (Ron) Bielema of Canton, IL, Cathy (Chuck) Berschinski of Mahomet, IL, Judy (Dennis) Goossens of Lyndon, IL, Linnette Keller of Laguna Vista, TX and Leanne Dykema of Morrison, IL; fourteen grandchildren, Kelly (Joe) Havens, Kurt (Megan) Bielema, Mike (Tejal) Berschinski, Lauren (Jeff) Vaughan, Christine (Christopher) McAuley, Skip (Angela) Vinson, Seth Vinson, Travis Goossens, Luke (Tamara) Keller, Nathan Keller, Erin (Josh) James, Kate (Cody) Goodwin, Nolan Dykema, Thomas Dykema; twenty-three great grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Smith of Sterling, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons-in-law, Eddie Keller and Marty Dykema; one sister, Darlene Feldman; one brother, Delbert Grater

FUNERAL SERVICE: 1:30 PM Monday " July 15, 2013 at the Morrison United Methodist ChurchOFFICIATING: Rev. Ryan M. Sutton " Pastor: Morrison United Methodist ChurchVISITATION: 3:00 " 6:00 PM Sunday " July 14, 2013 at the Morrison United Methodist ChurchTHE MORRISON CHAPEL " BOSMA-RENKES FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTSINTERMENT: Rock Creek Cemetery " Malvern, IL
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