Richard Graybeal

October 6, 2018

WEST POINT — Services for Richard “Dick” Graybeal, 82, West Point, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point. The Rev. Steve Emanuel will officiate. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon until 4 p.m. Friday at Stokely Funeral Home in West Point and will continue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church with a 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary at the church.

A memorial has been established at Guardian Angels Central Catholic Endowment and St Mary’s Catholic Church.


He died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family in West Point.

Richard Dean Graybeal was born on May 8, 1936, in Merna, in the back of the family grocery store. He graduated from Merna High School in 1954. Dick started his career at a young age in his family store, Davolt Grocery. He moved to St. Paul and worked as a meat cutter.

On Aug. 6, 1956, he married his sweetheart, Leona Mae Spanel. The couple moved to Grand Island, where Dick was the meat manager at Skaggs. He earned a promotion that moved the couple to Lincoln. The family moved to West Point, where he worked as the meat manager for Hasebrooks IGA from 1963 to 1967. The couple owned and operated Dick’s Coffee Shop in 1965. In 1969, they purchased Graybeal’s Grocery. In 1974, they purchased the Hy-top/National grocery store and moved to their present location. In 1978, they remodeled and expanded the grocery store. In 1974, they opened D & L Craft and Gift Shop, which they operated until 1985. In 1984, they opened West 32 Riverside Diner, which they operated for 13 years.

Dick was active in the community he loved. He was a member of the West Point Chamber of Commerce, serving as vice president and president and served on the West Point City Council. He was a member of Jaycees and charter member of the West Point Optimist Club. Dick was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. He was on the board of directors at F&M Bank and the West Point Community Theater. His memberships also included the IKES, Eagles, Winnebago Club and Valle Del Oro traveling billiard club.

Dick enjoyed many hobbies including shooting pool, golf, camping, traveling, playing cards, bowling, dancing, music, playing steel guitar, barbecuing, boating, stained glass art, winters in Arizona and attending the great-grandkids’ events. His favorite times were shared with family and friends and with the love of his life — his spouse. Dick and Leona had been married for 62 years and have four children; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his spouse, Leona, of West Point; a daughter, Roberta (Dennis) Steinhauser of Davey and their children: Lucas (Ashley) with Jay and Ali; Nicki (Curtis) Neesen with Kirby, Keith, Robbie, and Tiffany; and Terra (Matt) Thuman; a daughter, Karen (Randy) Baumert of West Point and their children: Corey (Kara) with Brynn, Kennedy, Emerson, Leighton; Kristin (James) Wilsey with Jaden and Kaylee; Karla (Derek) Frese with Rosalyn, Ruby and Kade; and Kelly (Adam) Doescher with Bella, Ryder, and Brody; a daughter, Janet (Gregg) Rueschhoff of Elkhorn and their children: Jason (Jiear) with Jemma; Lisa (Rod Trice); a son, Mike (Donna) Graybeal of West Point and their children: Elizabeth (Aaron) Hofeling; Heath (Michaela) Graybeal; and Dalton Graybeal; his mother, Helen Graybeal of West Point; a brother, Bob (Jonni) Graybeal; and a sister, Dee (Tom) Bernhoft.

Dick was preceded in death by his grandparents, LG and Vera Davolt; his father, Earl Graybeal; his brothers, Larry and Doug Graybeal; his brother-in-law, Ivan Coleman; and his parents-in-law, Rudolph and Agnes Spanel.

A lunch at the Guardian Angels Central Catholic cafeteria will follow the burial.

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