Vincent Wayne Graef Jr. 73 yrs old, passed away April 28, 2020 at his home in Brandon Ms.
He was born in Biloxi, MS. at Keeslar Airforce Base to Vincent & Gertrude Graef. He grew up in South Jackson, attended St. Therese Catholic School & Church. He was an avid sports player and continued coach his own children in their sports of choice. An animal lover at heart. He was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church.
He was a 1965 graduate of St. Joseph Catholic School, he attended Hinds Junior College, and then joined the Air National Guard where he was a Staff Sargent Load Master, flying in and out of Vietnam.
After his years of service, he completed the Police Academy, served 2 years on the Clinton Police Department, then retired 20 years later from Jackson Police Department as a Detective. His career in the department included patrolman, accident investigation and juvenile detective.
After retirement he worked as an Insurance Adjustor for Lillard Agency and Guide One.
The last of his retirement years were spent at St. Dominic’s Hospital in pastoral care. His love, compassion, empathy for others and the love of his God led him to his most cherished work to date.
Vince is survived by his loving spouse of 43yrs, Connie Graef, his children Karen Graef Luckett (Rick), Vincent (Trey) Wayne Graef III, Lauren Graef Messina (Dustin). He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. His sisters Sandra Graef Cook (Jerry) and Pamela Graef Luckett (Mike). Along with numerous nieces and nephews. Lastly his 3 puppies (his girls!)
Vince is proceeded in death by his parents and eldest Son, Kevin Vincent Graef.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday May 2, 2020 @ 1p.m. @ the Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery in Madison, MS.
*** There will be a memorial service scheduled for the public at a later date to celebrate his life. ***
In lieu of flowers the family ask that you donate in Vince’s name to Cheshire Abbey, an animal rescue, in the Jackson Ms. area.
You can mail to P.O. Box 16330 Jackson, MS 39236 or PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org.
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