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Donald E. "Don" Grafmyer

April 27th, 1950 – November 3rd, 2021

Donald (Don) Eugene Grafmyer, 71, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman, Illinois. Don was born April 27, 1950 to Rube Donald and Josephine (Howell) Grafmyer in Champaign, Illinois, and was devoted son until their passing.

He is survived by numerous cousins and many friends who shared his interest and passion for gaming, firearms, history and all things automobile.

Don earned two degrees from Parkland College and spent his early career as a research contractor for the Department of Defense. Later he was a district wide IT specialist and computer technician for Champaign Unit 4 School District.

Describing Don as a history buff is an understatement. His knowledge of the Civil War and WW II was extensive. His talent in building and painting models and miniature figurines was amazing. He never missed an opportunity to reveal his ever present wit, and to engage in banter with his cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 11:00 am at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, Illinois. Pastor Matthew Thiner will officiate. Inurnment will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign County, Illinois at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

The family greatly appreciates the compassionate care Don received from the staff at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 in Don’s memory.


November 6th, 2021

I worked with Don for several years and we kept in contact over the years. He kept me updated on his health status, but once he went to Crisman, I never heard from him even though I left several messages. He was a good guy and will be missed by many.
Cathy Cullen