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Danny Eugene McGraw, age 64, of Lyons, passed away Monday, November 9, 2015 at the Laurels of Kent in Lowell.  The son of John R. "Jack" and Myhrill (Camp) McGraw, he was born on January 6, 1951 in Ionia and retired from Ionia County Commission on Aging .

He was preceded in death by his parents;  and three brothers, John, Dennis, and Roger.  Surviving are his wife, Bonnie (Hoppes) McGraw of Lyons;  a daughter, Amanda & Matt Andrews of Carson City;  three sons, Danny McGraw & Tammy Leys, Michael & Michilean McGraw, all of Ionia, and Andrew McGraw of Kentucky;  two brothers, Pat & Robin McGraw, and Phil & Colleen McGraw; a sister, Tami Rae Smith;  fourteen grandchildren;  and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15th at the Blue Water Cafe, 323 W. Main Street, downtown Ionia, with Pastor Mark DeLap of Crossroads Church of Ionia officiating.  Instead of flowers, relatives and friends are asked to consider the needs of the family. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Danny's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.ChristiansenCares.com  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.

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  1. Vicki Kemp (sister-n-law) on November 12, 2015 at 12:00 am

    While I am sad about Dan’s passing at so young an age, I am happy about where he has went…to heaven. Dan not only believed in Jesus Christ, he accepted him as his Lord & Savior. So in that, I have a peace about Dan’s passing. Dan always had this big belly, a hearty laugh! My Dad (Charles Hoppes) had 3 son-in-laws whom he loved like sons…Dan was one of them. My Dad got the biggest tickle not only when he heard Dan laugh…but when Dan said my Dad’s name…He said, “Cha-lie” in stead of “Charlie”…He was funny with his nick names…He called Bonnie (my sister, his wife)…Blue Eyes, Bonnie JEAN, and Hot Lips…they all made me laugh! Dan was never a person to gossip, he would not say anything bad about anyone…he REFUSED to do that. We could all learn from Dan! The most amazing thing I remember is when Dan told us…me, my parents, etc…about a time he had a heart attack and was taken to heaven….He was so emotional when he told it…His whole body shook. He told about the streets of gold, the wonderful sounds and the color…oh-the-color! Dan knew I loved flowers and said, “Vicki…you should see the flowers!…He talked how color radiated in and out of them…like rainbows! and they turned and “looked” at you. He told many things about his visit there, but the best thing…he was led to the Lamb’s Book of Life…and he was shown his & Bonnie’s name were written in it. I thought that was the most awesome thing! And this is just a few things I remember about Dan…I ask that the Lord touch each of your hearts with blessings of peace, love, laughter, and good memories as we think about Dan and his life…I hope that we come together and lift one another up, comforting each other during this time of grief…be a people of integrity as Dan was….



  2. Sharon McAllister on November 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I will miss him we was a nice guy and I’m glad work with him at ionia Commission On Aging he was funny guy mad me laugh i like when we came to blue water cafe he was kind guy if you had a bad day he wood get you out of it



  3. Jackson Family on November 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. May the fond memories and cherished moments that he shared with his friends and family sustain them during their time of bereavement.
    Isaiah 25:8



  4. Thomas Reiger on November 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Hello, I am sending my thoughts and prayers for Dan, We went through school together in Muir and Ionia. After we left school I also had the pleasure of working with Dan at the CSXT railroad corporation. He worked in the track department, and operated heavy machinery with skill. We both roved all over the state and would often run into each other in different Michigan cities. I was a train director and Dan would get track authorizations from me to work around the main line tracks. We always enjoyed shooting the breeze together. Thanks for being a friend Dan..
    Thomas Reiger



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