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Couple celebrates 80th anniversary

May 15, 2013

Advance News
WARSAW — Kenneth, 101, and Bonnie, 95, Gragg, 16 Henderson Drive, Warsaw, will celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary May 20.
Kenneth and the former Bonnie Smith were married May 20, 1933 at her parents’ residence in Etna Green by the Rev. Raymond Coon.
After the ceremony they celebrated with a dinner with the family.
The couple met in Etna Green, moved to Mentone and Kenneth worked for Manwarings.
Moving to Warsaw Kenneth farmed and worked for Sharps Hardware until they moved to Bremen.
At this time Kenneth went into partnership with Ray Martin starting Martin and Gragg, an International Harvester dealership.
In the late 1950s he took over the IH dealership in Nappanee and Warsaw which is Bobcat of Warsaw formerly Gragg Equipment Company.
After retiring they spent 20 winters in Fort Myers Beach and Arcadia, Fla. with friends.
Kenneth still went to Bobcat of Warsaw until he was 99 years old. At that time he decided he could retire.
Bonnie was a homemaker, mother, and busy grandmother and great-grandmother.
They had two children, Don (and spouse Diana) Gragg of Sturgis, Mich. and Joann (and spouse Merl) Heckaman of Warsaw, six grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
They will celebrate their anniversary with an open house Sunday, May 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Warsaw where they are members.
If you are unable to attend they would enjoy cards sent to their home address.

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