The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 29, 2013

Rev. Ronald Eugene Graber

Published 1-29-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Funeral service for Rev. Ronald Eugene Graber, 69, of Enid, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Donaldson officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, rural Douglas. Arrangements are by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ron was born April 25, 1943, in Anthony, Kan., to Victor and Alice (Schroeder) Graber and passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his home in Enid.

Ron grew up in Kansas, Minnesota and later moved to Oklahoma, where he graduated from Goltry High School. He attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina.

On July 30, 1967, he married Catherine Lawrence in Harrod, Ohio.

He pastored churches and lived in Santa Fe, Ohio, Ottumwa, Iowa, and Homer, Ind.

In 1974, he moved to Oklahoma City and worked at Sheplers. Ron moved to the Enid area in 1981, and was the pastor at Pleasant Valley Christian Union Church until the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy of the home; his mother, Alice Graber Holman of Oklahoma City; four children, Jamie Graber of Stillwater, Jill Graber (Jim Russell) of Brunnen, Switzerland, Judi Ring (Rob) of Eaton, Colo., and Jenny Warriner (Joe) of Edmond; seven grandchildren, Drew, Gabbi, Astrid, Jack, Felix, Regan and Marta; brother, Rodney Graber (Debbie) of Oklahoma City; sisters, Cheryl Stronczek (Fred) of Greer, S.C., and Christy Fleming (Ron) of Lyman, S.C.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Victor, and stepfather Wilbur Holman.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Pleasant Valley Christian Union Church or Hospice Circle of Love.

Condolences online at www.andersonburris.com.

Ron loved God, family, his church family, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He truly loved and enjoyed people. He lived a life full of humor and compassion. Through it all, he taught and challenged us to think for ourselves and to become who we were meant to be in Christ. We all had a lot of fun.

(Submitted by family)