John Graff

John Graff

Tuesday, March 1st, 1932 Monday, February 11th, 2019

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Obituary for John LaVern Graff

John LaVern Graff, 86, of Murphysboro, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

John was born on May 19, 1932, in Murphysboro, to Sherman Thomas Graff and Willa Mae (Jones) Graff.
Mr. Graff was the owner and operator or Graff’s Logging for many years
He attended AA and, for 36 years, he has maintained his sobriety. John’s family would like to thank his AA family for their support during all these years. He and family could not have made it without you.

Mr. Graff was a member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church.
John married Bettie Carpenter on October 10, 1952, in Murphysboro, and she survives.

Other survivors include two daughters and one son, Linda Pierce of Salem, IL, Ruth (J. T. Banter) Lee of Murphysboro, and Marvin (Cheryl Schnieder) Graff of Pinckneyville;
seven grandchildren Jaben Graff, Shaina Graff, Chareassa (Adam) Kessinger, Joe Graff, Tyler Graff, Jeremy (Kourtney) Lipscomb, and Christina Lee;
four great grandchildren William, Elizabeth, Eli, and Reilly Jean; and one great grandson Ethan.

He was preceded in death by two sons Kenneth and Karl Graff, one son in law Danny Pierce, one infant grandson Alan Loos, one nephew Randy Graff, one brother Joe Graff, one sister Erma Green, two infant brothers and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon, Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Pettett Funeral Home with Pastor Adam King officiating and burial at Mt. Joy Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the funeral home. For more information, please visit

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Pettett Funeral Home
    1418 South St.
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    Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
    10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Pettett Funeral Home
    1418 South St.
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    Thursday, February 14th, 2019
    Pastor Adam King
  • Interment

    Mt Joy Cemetery
  • Reception

    Pleasant Hill Christian Church
    6318 Ava Road
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Bruce, Tricia & Greg Nejmanowski

So sorry for your loss. We were lucky to have meet John & Betty when we first moved to Murphysboro in 2012. We were renting a house on Clay St. behind their home. John was such a kind man. RIP John Bruce, Tricia & Greg Nejmanowski
Comment | Posted at 09:29am via Condolence


My sincere condolences fo the loss of your loved one. Find comfort in knowing that God shares your sorrow and wants to be a refuge for you during this difficult time. Psalm 46:1

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Lauren Van Buren

I grew up just down the street from Mr. Graff. As I rode my bike if he was out he’d always smile and wave at me. He was always so friendly to the neighborhood kids and was our first stop when it was fall fundraiser time as never turned down a chance for a candy bar! My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Bettie and the rest of the family.

Lauren ( Schulze) Van Buren ( from 2309 Dewey)
Comment | Posted at 09:48am via Condolence


I'm sorry for your loss may you find comfort in Jehovah's promise at John 5:28,29, for more info
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