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Jerome John GrallJerome “Jerry” John Grall died peacefully at the age of 90 in Dumas, Texas on Monday, September 6, 2021at 11:44pm. He was preceded in death by his late devoted wife Beatrice “Bea” Savina Palafox Grall, affectionately called “Speedy”; late infant son Matthew Daniel Grall. Surviving children include daughter Annette Pedregon (Hector Pedregon) of El Paso, Texas; son Alfred Grall in San Antonio, Texas; Harold Grall (Stacey McWilliams Grall) in Dumas, Texas; son Lawrence Grall (Christian Pederson) of Ennis, Montana; daughter Laurie Grizzard Taylor (Terry Taylor) in Dallas, Texas. In addition, his legacy of grandchildren is Matthew Pedregon(Corbin Wisdom) Nicolas Pedregon (Susie Wickenden Pedregon) and his great grandson Lukas, and Monica Pedregon Winterer. In continuation, Dumas grandchildren and great grandchildren include TJ McWilliams (great grandchildren Justin and Sage McWilliams), Dusty and Kathryn McWilliams (great grandchildren Zoe, Emalyn, and Ava…who always made Jerry laugh and smile). Jerome is survived by sisters Betty Levar and Carol Eicher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jerry was born to Alfred Grall and Julia Steffek in Milwaukee, WI on September 9, 1930. He grew up number seven of nine on Richards Street with his siblings: George, Monica, Ruth, Harold, Robert “Bob”, Elizabeth “Betty”, Donald, and Carol. He graduated from Rufus King High School in 1948 where he excelled in track and basketball and loved history. He enlisted in the army at age 19 during the Korean War. Upon return to the states awaiting assignment in El Paso, Texas, December 1949, Jerry met Beatrice Palafox at the NCO club days after arrival. After completion of his two-year assignment in Japan, Jerry and Beatrice were married January 17, 1953, in El Paso, Texas at Immaculate Conception Church. Jerry obtained a Civil Service position with The German Air Force at Fort Bliss working on Missile Systems. During his 30 years career, he earned several Certificates with Honors after completing various training programs and was awarded several plaques for Leadership, Excellence in Performance and Appreciation for his work contributions. This excellence in work ethic was instilled in all his children. Jerry remained a devoted Catholic and an active member of the church along with his wife Bea throughout his life. He believed with all his heart and often said “if God was first, everything would work out for the best.” Jerry kept life simple and enjoyed the small things: family celebrations, holidays, birthdays, and all get-togethers. He smiled when it came to good bratwurst, good beer, Green Bay Packers, golf, baseball, Disney, pie, German pastry, real cream, ice cream and chocolate cake with chocolate icing...just to name a few. He especially loved musicals and movies. He loved romance, hearing his wife sing, and every situation when the good guy wins. He was fearless in expressing his views on right and wrong and one never had to guess. Jerry loved with all his heart. He desired nothing more in life other than to see his wife and children happy and to provide whatever he was able to make that possible. His greatest joy was being with his wife and family. In his words: “I had everything a man could want.” “I had a really great life. I was raised in a great family, I had a great career, I married the love of my life who gave me a beautiful family. I have many happy memories. I have no regrets.”
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