Henry Martin Grage Sr., 89

Published 8:57 am Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Henry Martin Grage Sr., 89

Henry (Hank) Martin Grage Sr., 89, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2018, his 68th wedding anniversary, at home in his sleep.

Hank was born on Nov. 24, 1928, in Red Rock Township, Minnesota, the son of Martin Heinrich and Emilie Knuth Laack Grage. He is the last surviving member of their family of 11 children. Hank married Audrey Britt Grage in 1950.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1947 to 1967 in several locations in the U.S. as well as Japan, two tours in Korea and two tours in Germany. As a combat engineer with the 10th Army Corps in Korea in 1950, his 185th Engineer Battalion was responsible for constructing (under continuous fire) the roads, bridges and airstrip (the only means for evacuating the wounded) during the Chosin Reservoir Campaign.

Email newsletter signup

Hank loved everyone he met and remains loved by many. He loved to make people laugh and serving others. He was an artist who loved metal and wood sculpture and left behind many examples of his work. He loved his country and was a member of several associations including the Chosin Few, the Korean War Veterans Association, the American Legion of Hondo, Texas, the Retired Enlisted Association, the Disabled American Association, the National Association of Atomic and Nuclear Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Devine, Texas, where he served as quartermaster for VFW Post 3966.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey; his son, Henry Grage Jr.; his daughter, Lila Grage Dustin; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Devine. Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, 303 W. College Ave., Devine, TX 78016, (830) 663-4445. Anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family, share memories or sign the guestbook may do so at www.hurleyfuneralhome.com.