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December 30, 2012

Harry J. Grabenstetter

MEADVILLE — Harry J. Grabenstetter, 84, of Meadville, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Marquette Hospice House, Meadville.

He was born Jan. 28, 1928, in Elyria, Ohio, a son of Harry G. and Ruby M. Boughton Grabenstetter. He first married Helen Baker, and subsequently married Doris E. Miller Crowe Webster on Nov. 12, 1993, and she survives.

He worked as a police officer, retiring in 1980 from the Fremont, Ohio, Police Department after 27 years of service. He previously had worked as a meat cutter in Fremont and for a brief period as a cook on a Great Lakes freighter.

He was a 1945 graduate of Fremont Ross High School in Fremont, and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of First Christian Church, Meadville; a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1286, Elks Lodge 169 and Fraternal Order of Police Col. George Croghan Lodge 35, all of Fremont; a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2947 of Fremont; a member of American Legion Post 733, Bettsville, Ohio; and he volunteered with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Meadville. He loved fishing, especially with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Doris, of 19 years, survivors include four daughters, Theresa Poe and her husband, Stan, of Bettsville, Sherry Genzman and her husband, Roger, of Sun City West, Ariz., Kimberly Sue Dotson of Fremont, and Jamie Clements and her husband, Edison, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; two sons, Robert Lee Grabenstetter of Fremont, and Timothy Lou Grabenstetter and his wife, Theresa, of Fremont; a stepdaughter, Darleen Clark of Mauldin, S.C.; a stepson, Edward R. Crowe and his wife, Debbie, of Meadville; two granddaughters, Tysha Mosser and her husband, Jeff, and Tara Shanahan and her husband, Mike; four stepgrandchildren, Joey Crowe, Michelle Crowe, Ryan MacLeod and his wife, Evelyn, and Becki Hayes and her husband, Rusty; four great-grandchildren, Timothy Mosser, Scout Mosser, Reese Shanahan and Owen Shanahan; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Scott Shriver; a sister, Darlene Getts; and a half sister, Janet Havens.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.

The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Terry Clark, pastor of First Christian Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Blooming Valley Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., or First Christian Church, 503 N. Main St., both of Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Memories and condolences may be shared at waidfuneralhome.net.

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