Theodore M. Graser
SYRACUSE – Lt. Col. Theodore M. Graser, USAF Retired, passed away, Aug. 8, 2018 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Syracuse.
Lt. Col. Graser, the son of Thomas T. and Margaret (Morris) Graser was born on Sept. 1, 1930 in Syracuse.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Thomas Graser and Rev. John Graser and his sisters Eileen Simone, Mary Rugala and Helen Gray.
He attended LeMoyne University and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Syracuse University.
He married Mary E. Cotter on Nov. 13, 1954 in Syracuse.
Lt. Col. Graser enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and worked as a clerk/typist before attending Officers Training School. He was a navigator and flew in several aircraft in his 27-year career.
He was stationed in Japan during the Korean conflict and flew in the last B-29 headed back to the U.S. at the end of hostilities.
During the Vietnam War he was part of the Tactical Air Command and flew in C-130s. He was awarded, among others, an Air Medal, a Bronze Star with a V for valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Meritorious Service Medal.
During his career he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, Columbus, Ohio, Plattsburgh; Westover, Mass.; Atwater, Calif.; Austin, Tex.; Fayetteville, N.C.; and Naha, Okinawa.
Lt. Col. Graser played golf and for several years ran a seniors league. He was an avid bowler and life-long N.Y. Yankee fan.
He was a volunteer with the Center for Independent Living in Plattsburgh and served on its board of directors. For several years he read the newspaper for the Radio Reading Service for the Blind.
He was a member of the Plattsburgh Lodge of Elks, the Plattsburgh Moose Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 125.
He is survived by two sons Michael (Diana) Graser of Liverpool and Thomas (Mary) Graser of Canton; two daughters, Ellen (John) Schvetz of Evergreen, Col. And Carol (Jeff) Graser of Galway; eight grandchildren, Marly, Delia and Austen Halpern-Graser, Alison Graser, Ellen Toukatly, Mary Schvetz, Bill Schvetz and Lucy Graser; and three great grandchildren, Nicholas, Vincent and Meryl.
Memorial contributions may be made to Maryknoll Affiliates.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh. Burial will follow,with full military honors, at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m.
Brown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh is in charge of arrangements.
Source: Watertown Daily Times Obituaries
Theodore M. Graser