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James Jerome Grabau


Thu, Jan 30th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

James Jerome Grabau, age 60, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday, January 29. 2014, at the Golden Age Living Center in St. Charles, Minn.

James was born April 6, 1953, in Preston, the son of Joe and Flora (Anderson) Grabau. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff, Minn. He was a 1971 graduate of Preston-Fountain High School. He then attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and then received his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

James worked for a summer at Kodak in Rochester, New York, on computer voice recognition. He then worked at 3M and Honeywell and taught electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He had been a resident of the Golden Age Living Center for the past two years where he was President of the Residential Council.

His hobbies included, word comparisons, “which would you rather” questions, phone contact with beloved family, index card lists and telling interesting anecdotes.

James is survived by his mother, Flora Grabau of Preston; brothers, Larry (Mary Jo) Grabau of Lexington, Ken., Russell (Hope) Grabau of Waterville, Minn.: sisters, Mary Emma (Charles) Stackhouse of Preston and Trudy (Terry) Wendorff of Winthrop, Minn.; nephews, Craig (Mary) Stackhouse, Chad (Leigha) Stackhouse, Joseph and Jonathan Grabau, Zane, Ezra and Ezekiel Grabau and Carl, Bjorn , Aaron and Izaak Wendorff; nieces, Bonnie (Nate) Rindels, Brenda (Chris) Peterson, Cathy Stackhouse, Laura Grabau, Lora Joy and Lydia Grabau and Emma Wendorff; nine great-nieces and nephews; uncles and aunts, Everett Grabau, Beatrice (Everett) Eickhoff, Mary (Wayne) Richardson, Paul Anderson, Bob (Joan) Anderson, David (Betty) Anderson, Paula Anderson and LaVona Anderson; and many cousins both in Minnesota and Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Jerome Grabau; four uncles; and three aunts.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Preston United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Spring burial of his ashes will be in the Watson Creek Cemetery in rural Preston. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.



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Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
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Winnie Halweg

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
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Anna Rose LaFreniere

Wed, Dec 11th, 2013
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Paul A Lunde

Tue, Dec 10th, 2013
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Kay Sunde

Wed, Dec 4th, 2013
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Doris Marie Prinsen

Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013
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Gertrude “Gert” Kneeskern

Mon, Nov 25th, 2013
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