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Passing of Grand pa Jack

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:08 pm
by rcrgl1800
We have just learned of the passing of a Romeo. Grand pa Jack passed away Saturday April 15, 2017. His cancer had returned. I know a lot of you knew him but for those of you that don't he was a past coordinator for the Southeast Kansas Romeos. He had moved to north of the river and had been active with the KC Romeos. When we get the info for the arrangements we will let you know.

Re: Passing of Grand pa Jack

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:05 am
by joetnks
So sorry to hear that. I've known Jack for some years serving with him as an officer of the Kansas State Firefighter's Assoc. travelling around the State doing fire schools. Such great memories. My sincere condolences to Vicky and the kids.

Re: Passing of Grand pa Jack

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:10 pm
by shoresr
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Johnatan came from California to spend a little time with Grandpa and his family, as he did last year. A fine you man growing like a weed. I think Jack said the lady on his left Anja Weippert was a foreign exchange student from Germany that had lived with Jack and his family while she went to school. She is back visiting her US family.

Re: Passing of Grand pa Jack

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:51 pm
by alyle123
Memorial Services for Grandpa Jack Graves will be on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. They will be held at the Jones-Vanarsdale Funeral Home in Lebo, Ks. The address is 107 W 6th St in Lebo.

Following the service, Vickie and the family invite EVERYONE to have lunch ON THEM at the HEIDI INN located just a couple of blocks away. Brisket, pulled pork and the fixin's will be the menu.

The weather forecast looks favorable for a good turnout. Let's do Jack proud!


Re: Passing of Grand pa Jack

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:35 am
by Parkville Rider
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Memorial life history posted on KSFFA's Fire News Blog

Re: Passing of Grand pa Jack

Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:05 am
by Parkville Rider
Honoring friend and fellow Romeo Grandpa Jack Graves. Hope he is riding in good company. RIP

As a rule, I don't enjoy saying goodbye. The Romeos is a fun social group, but many times you really don't get to know someone close enough to realize how great a life they have experienced until after they are gone. Today was one of those "ah ha" moments as friends and family gathered together to celebrate the life of "Grandpa" Jack Graves.

To conclude, it was unfortunate the celebration of Jack's life happened on a travel day to the Spring ROMEO Rendezvous; otherwise, we could have easily overwhelmed the funeral home in Lebo KS. As it turned out maybe 6 Romeos plus a few other riders, friends, and family joined together to celebrate Jack's life. To say it was a great life would be an understatement. The atmosphere was, without a doubt, the best I've ever seen with stories sharing his occupations and adventures including his obsession with motorcycles, NASCAR, birds and the animals at the Emporia Zoo. To meet Jack you would probably not realize what a dynamic life he lived even to the very end. Godspeed Grandpa Jack and we hope to live up to the life example you set for all of us.

Re: Passing of Grand pa Jack

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:24 am
by joetnks
It was a nice celebration of life for a good man. Good to see some ROMEO's there. I went to represent two factions, the ROMEO's though I wasn't wearing a shirt and the fire service from which I first met Jack and had a lot of interaction with over the years. Enjoyed seeing his family after so many years. RIP Jack!