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Jerry Grabman

Jerry Grabman

Nov. 18, 1940-Jan. 11, 2022


Jerry Grabman, 81, of Crawfordsville passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Franciscan Health.

He was born Nov. 18, 1940, at Crawfordsville, to Joseph Grabman and Marian Howard. He was a semi-retired life insurance salesman and before that had worked at Indiana Printing Company for 22 years.

Jerry was married to his first girlfriend Sandra “Sandy” Alexander on Jan. 5, 1963, until her passing in August of 1993. He never remarried and devoted his life to his family and his church.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Grabman and Marian (Howard) Grabman; his wife Sandra (Alexander) Grabman; and his siblings, Stephen Grabman, Marian Joan Grabman and Lucille Jane Davis (Grabman).


He is survived by his two children, Jill Avila Lima (Grabman) and son-in-law Daniel Jose Avila Lima of Crawfordsville and Joe Grabman and daughter-in-law Stacey Grabman of Oceanside, California. He was the proud Papaw of Cassie Jones (Grabman) of Waynetown, Stephanie Grabman and Devin Luse of Crawfordsville, Alexandria Grabman, Meigan Grabman and Colin Grabman, all of Oceanside, California. He adored his great-grandchildren, Dylan Tyner, Olivia Seward and Briar Sullivan.

Jerry was a giver in every way. He was a lifelong member of his beloved church, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus since he was a young man and served as the Grand Knight. He actively participated in nearly all the service activities supported by the Knights of Columbus, especially the Tootsie Roll Drive. He served in the National Guard, he volunteered as a Redcoat at Franciscan Health and he contributed to Gibault School for Boys among many other charities.

There will be a visitation service for Jerry 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Crawfordsville. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Knights of Columbus at St. Bernard’s Church, Bernie’s Buffet at St. Bernard’s Church or Gibault School for Boys.

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