John C. Grahek, 74, Silver Bay, died Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Waterview Shores in Two Harbors.
John was born to Edward and Genevieve (Karczewski) Grahek on January 2, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved to Silver Bay with his family in 1955. After graduating from Kelley High School in 1965, he attended community college in Ely, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant after 22 years of service. After retiring he lived in Emerado, North Dakota and was employed as assistant manager at a Holiday Station in Grand Forks and later at World’s Greatest Deals. During this time he also attended Northwestern Technical College and and was honored for his work on the Sutdent Senate-Business Division. In 2000, John moved to Rochester and worked for a time as a shuttle driver. He returned to Silver Bay in 2015.
John was a member of the United Protestant Church, the NRA, the Silver Beaver Gun Club, and the Bay Area Historical Society.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reloading shells, and the Green Bay Packers.
John was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Janet Grahek; children, John (Kim) Grahek Jr., Libby Nelson, and Tiffany Wyant; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and long-time companion, Barbara Page.
John’s family would like to thank the staff of Waterview Shores for the care and kindness they showed to John.
Private graveside services will be held at Silver Bay Cemetery. A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.
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