|Birth: ||May 19, 1912, Russian Federation|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 2012|
MISSOULA – Funeral services for David Grafenstein will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at First Baptist Church in Missoula with Rev. Robert McQuaid officiating.
David passed away at Hunter's Glen on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the age of 100.
David Grafenstein was born in Zurich, Russia, on May 19, 1912, to Gottlieb and Amalia (Kappas) Grafenstein. He emigrated to the United States with his parents and two siblings in November 1912. He lived with his parents at various locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota during his early years and came with his parents to Cavalier, N.D., in the fall of 1919 where he lived on a farm that his father had purchased.
He attended school at Cavalier and did well in his studies. His attendance at school was sporadic and dependent upon seasonal farm work both at home and on surrounding farms. Preparing the seed in early spring, planting, haying and the grain and potato harvest needed to be done at a time when tractors and other mechanized machinery were uncommon on small farms. These were jobs that David worked at in his youth.
He took his confirmation vows at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural St. Thomas, in 1929 and has remained faithful in his devotion to Jesus Christ and his commitment to his church.
On Oct. 14, 1936, David married Frieda Tag at her home in Cathay, N.D.
After their marriage they managed a farm near Cavalier and later rented acreage near Leroy.
In 1955 they moved to Missoula, where David worked for a building contractor and subsequently formed his own contracting business. His reputation as a builder of fine homes and furniture and his integrity are well-known and respected in the Missoula area.
After his retirement, he turned to volunteerism, especially in the Habitat for Humanity program, where he served as co-chairman on the building committee and as site supervisor on one home. Until very recently, he continued to visit the sites of new homes to add his expertise and to assist inexperienced carpenters in solving construction problems. David was recently honored when he was inducted into the Habitat for Humanity Hall of Fame at Missoula. He also helped with tools and supplies.
During his years in North Dakota, he was active in scouting and served as Scoutmaster for several years. He organized and lead a boys' 4-H Club. He served on the Leroy school board and at one time he was elected to the position of chairman of the Pembina County school board organization.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was an active member of the church board and spearheaded many of the construction projects and repairs of the building.
His wife of 62 years passed away in 1998, and his son Gary. Survivors are a daughter, Debbie (Floyd) Whitaker of Missoula; three grandchildren, Leslie, James and Robert; great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mary Guenther of Walhalla and Emma Berg of Walhalla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Gottlieb; sisters, Amalia, Alvina, Amelia Hillman, Esther Ouhl and Lillian Williams.
Garden City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Interment will be in Missoula City Cemetery.
--Source: Missoulian, 6 & 9Sept. 2012.
Frieda Tag Grafenstein (____ - 1998)
Created by: AnnieDuckettHundley
Record added: Sep 07, 2012
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