Ernest Reed Grafke 1935 - 2005 Tonganoxie
Services for Ernest Reed Grafke, 69, Basehor, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tonganoxie Christian Church. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Kansas City, Kan.Mr. Grafke died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.He was born on Sept. 8, 1935, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Henry and Marjorie Towne Grafke. Mr. Grafke served in the U.S. Navy. He retired as co-owner of Keller Fire and Safety Co. in Kansas City, Kan., in 2000. He was a member of Tonganoxie Christian Church and a former member of Wyandotte County Christian Church.He married Nellie Eslick Colson on July 23, 1980, in Miami, Okla. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include two sons, Ernest Reed Jr., Keller, Texas, and Dale F., Olathe; two daughters, Brenda Grafke Hamilton, Goodyear, Ariz., and Cyndi Colson Penner, De Soto; two brothers, Edgar, Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Stuart, Richmond, Mo.; two sisters, Eva Hinds, Louisburg, and Marjorie Grafke-Doby, Leavenworth; and 10 grandchildren.A son, Douglas Colson, died earlier.The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. until the service hour Saturday at the church.The family suggests memorials to the Show Me Christian Youth Home, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie 66086.