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Obituary for Joe Willard Gragg Jr.

Joe Willard Gragg Jr. passed away on November 29, 2023 from natural causes surrounded by his family. He was born October 7, 1939 in Dallas, Texas to J. Willard Gragg and Mildred Hood Gragg. He grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas. Joe attended George Peabody Elementary, Rosemont Elementary, Griner Jr. High School, and Sunset High School. He attended college at Arlington State College now known as University of Texas at Arlington. After college he was drafted into the United States Army; after basic training he received orders to report to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. where he was assigned to the department of hazardous operations. It was there where he joined Colonel Raymond Randall, Vinton R. Harrison, and Sergeant Harvey Leon Gibson working in a lab developing vaccines for several viruses from Southeast Asia. The lab was located at the historic Forest Glen Seminary that the army acquired during World War II.

While stationed at Forest Glen he met his wife to be, Nan Elizabeth Kohler. They were married on April 10, 1964. Their first daughter Sharon was born at Walter Reed Hospital. After he was discharged from the Army they moved back to Dallas where they eventually settled in DeSoto, Texas. They had two more daughters, Diane and Tracy, to make their family complete. He had a 30 year career with the Campbell Soup Company and retired as an Account Manager. He decided on a second career and went to work for the DeSoto Police Department retiring there as the evening shift supervisor over the jail.

Joe led a full and busy life. He joined the Boy Scouts where he later earned the honors of Eagle Scout. He was also a commercial pilot and flight instructor with multi engine and instrument ratings. He learned to Sky Dive with his son-in-law when he was 48 and continued to jump well into his 70’s. One of his many passions was taking care of his yard, mechanics, and all of his pets.

Joe is preceded in death by: His Parents, his Sister Virginia Gragg Watson, his Daughter Diane Virginia Nelson, and his Son-in-law Danny Robertson. He is survived by his Wife Nan Gragg, Daughters Sharon Robertson, and Tracy Gragg. His Grandchildren Courtney Meyn, Brittany Peterson, Tyson Beechum, Jordan Beechum, Austin Beechum, Abigail Nelson, and CJ Nelson. And six Great Grandchildren.