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Obituary for Russell Francis Grady

April 18, 1934 – May 25, 2023

Russell Francis Grady, 89, passed away at Froedtert South in Pleasant Prairie on May 25.

Russell Francis Grady
Russell Francis Grady

Russ was born in Davenport, Iowa, on April 18, 1934, to Edward and Inez (nee: Conklin) Grady. He graduated from St. Ambrose College with a degree in business administration. Russell faithfully served our country with the United States Army.

On Oct. 15, 1960, he was united in marriage with Mary Ann DeClerck. Russ started his career in purchasing, eventually moving on to management positions in various companies, including J.I. Case in Racine, Fulton Mfg. in West Allis and Piper Products in South Milwaukee.

Among his interests, Russ liked to golf, with his highlight being a hole-in-one on July 26, 2016. He enjoyed restoring and riding around in his 1952 Chevy Convertible. He liked to cook and bake, especially at Christmas, when he was known to bake hundreds of cookies. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Over the years, he sang with the Sacred Heart Men’s Choir, the St. Lucy Choir, and the Churchsingers. He also loved going to Irish Fest every year.

Surviving are his loving wife, Mary Ann; sons, Michael E. (Cynthia Treffert) Grady and Patrick J. (Ann Hallisy) Grady; step-granddaughter, Emily (Greg) Madden; step-grandson, Ross (Karly) Treffert; and four great-grandchildren. Russ was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Inez; sister, Edine Tye; and step-father, Otto Soehl.


A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on June 2 at St. Lucy Catholic Church. Visitation will be in the church beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of mass. 

His family has suggested memorials to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, St. Lucy Catholic Church, or the charity of one’s choice.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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