Leo C. Graff

Leo C. Graff

Feb 9, 1936 – Nov 4, 2017

Preceded in death by parents, Peter and Anna Graff; brothers, Al and Peter; sister, Marie Harris.  Survived by wife, Nanette M. Graff; children: Donald (Tammi), Michael (Lori), and Elizabeth Kelly (Michael); grandchildren: Chad, Ryan, Corey, Gabriella and Leo Graff, Maeve and Paul Kelly; brother Joseph; sister, Kay Burns (Darel); nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 9th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Friday, Nov. 10th at 11am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.  Interment, Resurrection Cemetery with military honors.  Memorials are suggested to Josie Harper Hospice House or Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.


Leo C. Graff, age 81 years, was born in Akron, Iowa and raised in Linn Grove, Iowa.  After graduating from Iowa State University in 1957, he worked for Northwestern Bell until he was called to serve in the United States Army in 1958.  While in the Army, he tested machinery in the extreme weather conditions of Arizona summers and Canadian winters.  After his Army service, Leo returned to Northwestern Bell/US West.  Leo married Nanette Goulet in 1961 and they lived in Iowa until 1967 when they moved to Omaha. Leo “retired” in 1992.  His early retirement included consulting engagements in Prague, Czech Republic, and Des Moines, Iowa.

Leo is a former Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus in Des Moines and was very active in Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.  He enjoyed playing cards, picking stocks, and following Nebraska football.  He treasured time with grandchildren, relatives, and friends.






  • Susan deaver Posted November 5, 2017 9:34 am

    Thinking of you and remembering what a great uncle he was

  • Sharon Heithoff Vickery Posted November 5, 2017 11:13 am

    I will never forget Leo’s warm smile, big laugh and gentle soul. It was a privilege to know him. Praying for Leo, Nan and the entire Graff family.

  • Mary Schaaf Posted November 5, 2017 4:50 pm

    Nan and Family, Sorry to read about Leo. You have my deepest sympathy at this time.

  • Joan Maley Posted November 6, 2017 11:12 am

    I was so saddened to hear that Uncle Leo passed. He was such a kind spirit and a gentleman. He always went out of his way to make everyone feel special. I share in your sorrow.

  • Jerry McKeever Posted November 6, 2017 6:53 pm

    Nan and family, I was so sorry to hear about Leo. He and I had a lot of great times as we were growing up together.
    And I will always remember all of our class reunions with you and Leo being there. You all are in my prayers. Jerry

  • Harold & April Hanson Posted November 6, 2017 10:02 pm

    So sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. I know he hadn’t been very well for awhile.
    Leo and I were the best of friends all through school together and after through our
    emails. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you Nan and all your family.

  • Diane Schultz Posted November 6, 2017 10:27 pm

    I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Leo (and Aunt Nan.) I can’t begin to tell you what I’m feeling right now but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

  • Debby Brannon Posted November 6, 2017 10:56 pm

    Nan, Leo was a wonderful, dear man who will be greatly missed by his many friends. The time we shared with you and Leo in Prague and at our many reunions enriched my life and I will always cherish you both in my heart. My condolences to you and your family. Debby Brannon

  • Barry F Holste Posted November 7, 2017 9:12 am

    My Deepest Sympathy and Prayers to the family –

  • Dannie Walker Posted November 7, 2017 9:32 am

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Leo. He and I were email buddies thanks to his erstwhile coworker, phone company attorney David Frost (they worked together as part of The Prague Group). David introduced me to Leo via the Internet because Leo and I are both native Nebraskans. We had a lively and very enjoyable cyber correspondence relationship mostly involving (OF COURSE!) Cornhuskers football and funny email messages/attachments. My Bucket List included visiting Leo on some future trip from my long-time West Virginia home back to Nebraska. Alas, that will not happen. Even though we never met in person, I quickly found Leo to be a good guy extraordinaire…he had a WONDERFUL sense of humor and we connected politically. I will miss him. Please accept my warmest condolences on your loss.

  • Ed Thompson & Lynn Gahman Posted November 7, 2017 5:35 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. We have fond memories of our time with him and will miss his cheerful spirit and wry humor.. Our best to you and your family in this sad time and always.

  • Gerald J Wellendorf Posted November 7, 2017 9:14 pm

    Sorry to hear about Leo. I worked with him for several years and always enjoyed visiting with him. He will be missed.

  • Fr. Tom Bauwens Posted November 8, 2017 7:08 am

    Nan, I know Leo is at peace. You would like to have him still part of your life, but not suffering. I’ll continue to pray for Leo and for your whole family. With regret, I will not be able to make it to the funeral, but know I will be keeping you in prayer. Fr. Tom

  • John Vondras Posted November 8, 2017 5:16 pm

    Leo was one of the most dedicated people I have met. I had the honor to work for him on two occasions and with him on a number of project and you could not find a more positive person. I learn much from him and treasure the memories while working with him. I am sure he is in a better place. My deepest condolences to you Nan,

  • Anne Graff Posted November 9, 2017 8:28 am

    Dear Nan, Don, Mike & Beth
    We have truly lost a treasure. Leo was one of the most generous, loving, and faithful people I have had the honor of knowing. Our lives are richer because of him. He made me strive to be a better person. We will miss him greatly.

  • Mark Munsterman Posted November 9, 2017 10:52 am

    Sorry to hear about Leo. I worked with him for several years through the AARP Tax-aide program. I always looked forward to the training each season and always enjoyed visiting with him at the AARP information office. He will be truly missed..

  • Hague Howey Posted November 9, 2017 5:07 pm

    So sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. We knew each other for a number of years when our Toastmaster group met at North’s Chuckwagon, back in the day of Art And Arti Buffington. He did a great job on critiquing and speaking extemporaneously.

    Marge And My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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