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Leo Grawey

November 22, 1922 May 7, 2012
Leo Grawey
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LACON – Leo M. Grawey, 89, of St. Joseph Nursing Home, Lacon, IL formerly of 430 E. McClure, Peoria, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2012 at St. Joseph Nursing Home. He was born November 22, 1922 to William and Bertha (Wolkenstein) Grawey He married Jeanette Groeper on July 29, 1944 in Peoria. She died on May 23,2006. He was also preceded in death by both sons, Larry and Thomas; 1 grandchild; 1 sister; and 2 brothers. Surviving are three daughters Laura Johnson of Caspar, WY; Julie & Jerry Curlee, of Monee, IL; and Anita Grawey of Peoria. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Martha Groeper and brother Walter Grawey. He graduated from Spalding Institute in1940. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corp in 1946 after serving in the 1st Calvary in Japan. Leo was the owner and operator of Peoria Auto Parts and Recreation before changing the name to Airport Bowl in 1970. He was elected as a lifetime member of the American Heart Association Board of Directors for service area IV in 1970. He was an officer of the Bowling Proprietor’s Association for 35 years, serving as the regional Vice President in 1982. He was a member of the National Bowling Hall of Fame museum during its construction between 1982 and 1985. He also served as the secretary and tournament director for the Illinois State Young American Bowling Association from 1984-1988. He also served as an officer in the Illinois State Bowling Association for over 20 years. He was a long-time member of St. Bernard’s Church. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30, Friday, May 11, 2012 at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Rev. Howard Schmitt will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with the recitation of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Private burial of ashes will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Peoria. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Nursing Home in Lacon. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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