Jerald L. Hargraves
RACINE — Jerald “Jerry” Lynn Hargraves, 82, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Ascension All Saints Hospital. A memorial visitation will be held 3-4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Sturino Funeral Home in Racine, Wis. Online condolences may be expressed at www.sturinofuneralhome.com.
He was born Aug. 10, 1938, on a farm in Winnebago, Minn., the son of the late Everett and Vivian (Root) Hargraves. Two days after Jerry graduated from high school in 1956, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He proudly served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1962. Returning to Minnesota, the family farm had been sold, and there was little work to be found. Jerry was recruited to move to Racine with the promise of immediate employment. He was working two days after arriving in Racine. Jerry eventually was employed at American Motors, where he worked for 30 years, retiring as a foreman in 1988. He also owned and operated his own lawn care and snow removal business called, Cheese’s Lawn Care for 19 years. Jerry was a member of Assembly of God Church and Masonic Lodge 92. He coached football and softball for 10 years and wheelchair basketball for five years. Jerry enjoyed golfing, bowling, riding his motorcycle, and riding in the convertible. After retirement, he also became very active in building small homes for veterans. He was always busy, loved life, his family and being with his friends. Surviving is his son, Larry Hargraves of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Charlotte Hargraves; two stepsons, Brian, and Troy. He is further survived by his girlfriend Beverly Lemer; other relatives, and many friends.