William M. Grauerholz Jr.
Date of Birth
July 2, 1932
Wahoo, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
March 29, 2017
Lincoln, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Monday, April 3, 2017 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Sunday, April 2, 2017 ~ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska


United Methodist Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska

William “Bill” M. Grauerholz, Jr. 84 of Memphis, NE passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Lincoln.  He was born on July 2, 1932 in Wahoo, NE to William and Sylvia (Ueberrhein) Grauerholz.  He attended grade school in Memphis and graduated from Ashland High School in 1949.

Bill was employed by Safeway Stores Inc. as a grocery buyer and inventory control manager for more than 31 years.  When Safeway in Omaha closed in 1982 he become a purchasing agent for Shared Services, a division of Methodist Health Systems until his retirement in 1995.  Bill served on the Board of Directors of the Safeway Employees Federal Credit Union for many years.

He was baptized at the Iliff Chapel in Memphis and became a member in 1945, remaining a faithful member throughout his life.  He served on the church board, a lay leader and an usher for nearly 50 years. Bill was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ashland.

Bill is survived by relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Condolences for William M. Grauerholz Jr.
  1. Ruth Rolle
    • March 31, 2017 - 3 years ago

    My deepest regrets in the death of Bill, I too worked at Safeway stores where I first met Bill, he was a great guy and always so friendly

  2. Joan Liekhus
    • March 31, 2017 - 3 years ago

    I was a former employee with Bill at Safeway and have many happy memories of our time working together. He was a wonderful man.

  3. Charlotte Repp
    • April 1, 2017 - 3 years ago

    I knew Bill from Shared Services. He was a real gentleman. After his Christmas card came beck several years ago, I lost track of him. We enjoyed many fine talks together.

  4. Howard Stimson
    • April 1, 2017 - 3 years ago

    Bill was one of those individuals who you immediately liked and who treated everyone with respect and friendliness. I worked with Bill at Safeway and with his role as the Inventory Control Mgr we had frequent meetings regarding startup issues with our new computer system. He was always patient, understanding and eager to work on a solution rather than place the blame. While Bill continued to live in Memphis (40 miles) and he was usually always the first one at work each morning as his responsibilities required him to review numerous reports before others used them to make buying decisions. He was dependable and reliable and that’s how he lived his whole life. He was a remarkable American and I’m glad I knew him.

  5. Bruce Horner
    • April 4, 2017 - 3 years ago

    I worked with Bill when I was in the Safeway Stores Omaha Division. He was a great, gracious and caring person.

  6. Don Schirmer
    • April 6, 2017 - 3 years ago

    I knew Bill all my life. Some of my earliest memories was Bill letting me ring the bell at church on Sunday mornings and him stopping by the house with his dad’s old car to fill the tires with air. Bill was a man in my child hood that shaped me into who I am today. Someone I always looked back to as a good man. I share your loss and heavens gain.

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