Richard “Rick” Grauerholz
Date of Birth
April 25, 1948
Lincoln, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
November 4, 2022
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Saturday, November 12, 2022 ~ 2:00 p.m.
First Christian Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment with Fireman’s Final Call at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

*The funeral will be live streamed on Marcy Mortuary Facebook page.

Visitation Directions

Friday, November 11, 2022 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
First Christian Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska


In care of the family for future designations.

Richard “Rick” Grauerholz, 74 of Ashland, NE passed away Friday, November 4, 2022 at his home.  He was born April 25, 1948 in Lincoln, NE to George and Carolee (Wild) Grauerholz.  Rick graduated from Ashland High School in 1966 and was united in marriage to Rebecca Howard on August 2, 1969 in Ashland.

Rick was currently serving as the Mayor of Ashland in which he held the office for eight years. He was an Instructor for the State of Nebraska Fire Marshal Training Division for 31 years and worked for the State of Nebraska Carrier Enforcement Dept., Markel Services, and the Nebraska Dept. of Roads.

He served on the Ashland Volunteer Fire Dept. for 40 years and the Ashland Rescue Dept. for 20 years.  He was a member of the State of Nebraska Emergency Response Commission & Hazmat Response Team, Nebraska Volunteer Fire Association, and the Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructor Board of Directors.  He enjoyed camping, woodworking, fishing, hunting, collecting guns and spending time with his family.

Rick is survived by his wife, Becky Grauerholz; daughter, Karri (Robert) Melter; son, Dietrich (Jessica) Grauerholz; grandchildren, Lora Grauerholz, Kaitlyn Vosler, Cody Grauerholz, Avery Grauerholz, Jack Melter, Emma Melter. brother, Randy Grauerholz; sister, Lynn (Dennis) Schuette.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Carolee Grauerholz; parents-in-law, Jack and Hazel Howard.

Condolences for Richard “Rick” Grauerholz
  1. Teri Miller
    • November 5, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Will really miss Rick’s smile and laugh. He always had something to tease me about. Always smiling………

  2. Sherry Starr
    • November 6, 2022 - 1 month ago

    So sorry for your loss Becky and family Prayers to help you Thur this hard time hugs Becky

  3. Terry Threadgill
    • November 6, 2022 - 1 month ago

    So sorry for your loss. Rick was a good friend when we were little kids. We had a lot of fun in our neighborhood.

  4. Dawn Archer
    • November 6, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Condolences from John and Dawn Archer @ Two Rivers Concessions. We enjoyed Rick’s visits each time he came camping.

  5. Bill Bowes
    • November 7, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Please accept condolences from the Papillion Fire Department. We always enjoyed working with Rick. He was a good instructor and knew how to make classes enjoyable. He will be missed!

  6. Lisa Maher
    • November 8, 2022 - 1 month ago

    So sorry to hear this Becky. Sending prayers for peace and comfort at this difficult time. Think of you often.

  7. Michael & Julletta Meyer
    • November 8, 2022 - 1 month ago

    Our families condolences

  8. Jennifer Brabham Wachter
    • November 8, 2022 - 1 month ago

    I am so very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was very fine person and made Ashland very proud. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He will be truly missed.

  9. Tim Wragge
    • November 9, 2022 - 4 weeks ago

    Our family here at Norfolk Fire and Rescue is keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Rick was a great man and we truly enjoyed time spent learning from him while he was instructing courses with the NSFMO Training Division. Rest In Peace Rick. You will be missed.

  10. Shari Nygren
    • November 9, 2022 - 4 weeks ago

    Becky & family,
    So sorry to hear about Rick . Every time I saw him he would stop and talk to me. My brother Dan will welcome Rick to Heaven with open arms! Friends reunited once again!!
    Hugs, love and prayers,,
    Shari & David Nygren

  11. Carol Miller McCall
    • November 12, 2022 - 4 weeks ago

    Condolences to the family. Rick had a heart for our community. I was a classmate of his brother. What a giving family. I pray for your family to be at peace knowing he is with God in heaven.

  12. Pat Proctor
    • November 12, 2022 - 4 weeks ago

    Rick was a very good man,friend and city servant. He will be missed by all.

  13. Jenny Dugan
    • November 12, 2022 - 4 weeks ago

    We are so sad to hear about Rick. Best neighbors ever! We love you guys! You will be in our prayers! Love, The Dugans. Par, Jenny, Ben, Natalie, Mckenzie, Mallorie, Lizzie, Grace and Macie.

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