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home : obituaries : obituaries Thursday, August 28, 2014

7/7/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Neil M. Grau
Neil M. Grau
Neil M. Grau, 42, of Bourbonnais, Ill., formerly of DeWitt, died July 7, 2013, at his home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Bourbonnais. David McKean will officiate.

There also will be a memorial service held at the Comfort Inn banquet hall, Maquoketa, Tuesday, July 16, at 11 a.m. Ron Heneke will officiate.

Neil Martin Grau was born June 1, 1971, in Maquoketa to Roger L. and Lucille McBroom Grau.

Nov. 18, 1988, Neil was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He became a full-time minister of Jehovah's Witnesses later that year. Neil volunteered at the Patterson Educational Center in Patterson, N.Y., April 1992-June 2008. He looked back on those 16 years with great fondness. Neil had served as an Elder in the congregation since 2001.

Neil married Danielle E. Lara June 2, 2007, in Brentwood, N.Y., at the local Kingdom Hall. Together they continued volunteering at the Patterson Educational Center for one year. They then were assigned to the Kankakee, Ill., Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses to serve where there was a need for more volunteer Bible teachers. They were so happy to have the congregation become their close spiritual family.

Neil graduated from Central Community Schools, DeWitt, in 1990. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed his passion of landscaping. Neil's curious nature led him to travel the world spanning five continents.

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed going to sporting events, while always rooting for his home team, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Neil's kind heart and infectious sense of humor were characteristics his family and friends loved most about him.

He is survived by his wife, Danielle Lara-Grau; his parents, Roger and Lucille Grau, DeWitt; sisters, Denise (Neil) Christensen of Calamus, Peggy (Jerry) McGranahan of DeWitt and Cindy (Dean) Goddard of Delmar; a brother, Alan (Amy) Grau of Ankeny; and many nieces and nephews.

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