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Dean L. Graff

Dean L. Graff, 58, of 1926 King St. Wausau, died unexpectedly Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born March 15, 1952 in West Bend, WI to Dorothy (Landvatter) Graff, and the late Leroy Graff.  He married Cindy Merrill on April 7, 1973 in Beaver Dam, WI. 

Dean spent many years working for his dad building homes in Wild Rose, WI. After Dean and Cindy married they moved to Wausau where Dean pursued a sales career due to his love of interacting with and meeting new people. He completed his career at Weyerhaeuser Corp.

Dean had an everlasting love for his wife, Cindy. From the moment they met, they knew they were meant for each other. They enjoyed doing everything together from landscaping to cleaning, taking short jaunts around town or simply puttering around the house and watching NASCAR and football. They spent 37 years loving each other through sickness and health.

 Survivors include his wife Cindy Graff, Wausau; two daughters, Erin (Jeremy) Blum, Cadott, and Shannon Wise, Wausau; mother, Dorothy Graff, Wausau; three grandchildren, Nolan and Ali Blum and Skylar Wise, Mother-in-law, Phyllis Merrill, Beaver Dam; Sisters-in-law, Pam Peters, Waupun; Maureen Vance, Eau Claire; Brother-in-law, Pat Merrill, Beaver Dam; and his beloved dog and constant companion, Jake. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and other family and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy, brother and sister-in-law Lloyd and Mary Graff and father-in-law, Bruce Merrill.

Funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday August 20, 2010 at the Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St. Wausau.  Rev. Raymond Connor from Mount Olive Lutheran Church will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Friday.

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