Rudolph "Rudy" Joseph Grahek

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  • Name: Rudolph "Rudy" Joseph Grahek
  • Location of Birth: Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 19, 1930
  • Date of Death: September 12, 2010 (80 years old)
  • Parents: John Grahek and Mary (Rebrovich) Grahek
  • High School and Class: 1948 - Keewatin High School, Keewatin, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Military Highlights:
    Following high school, Rudy served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

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    Korean Conflict

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    Rudy was awarded all state honors as a high school football player.

    Rudy and Helen Long were united in marriage on February 27, 1954 in Altoona, Pennsylvania and they made their home in Keewatin.

    Rudy worked for the M.A. Hanna Mining Company for fifteen years and then entered college, earning a degree in business. He worked as the business transportation manager for the Nashwauk-Keewatin School District for two years. For the past thirty-one years, Rudy's health had limited his activity, but his strong will kept him going.

    He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Keewatin and Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing, Minnesota, a lifetime member and past commander of the VFW Post 5516, Keewatin, a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 452, Keewatin, the Knights of Columbus, and the MS Society.

    Rudy loved spending time with family and friends. He especially loved to take cruises, which he and Helen did many times. His grandchildren were his love.

    Rudy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen; a son, John (Marcia) Grahek and a daughter, Donna (Gary) Simonson; two granddaughters; two grandsons; a great-grandson; a sister, Lorraine Curto; a sister-in-law, Diane Hite; aunts Jean Rebrovich and Ann Rebrovich; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rosalind Oliva; and brothers-in-law Frank Oliva and Jim Curto.

    Rudy died at Heritage Manor in Chisholm, Minnesota and is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery at Hibbing, Minnesota. (Maplehill-15-64-3 W1/2) No photo of grave marker is available at this time.

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