December 09, 2020) - William "Bill" A. Grazidi, 98 of Iron Mountain
(formerly of Golden Valley, Minnesota), passed away on Wednesday,
November 25, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center.
born on July 11, 1922, in Stambaugh, to the late Ben and Louise Grazidi
(Profizer). He graduated from Iron Mountain High School and enlisted in
the US Navy. Bill was a World War II Veteran from November 1942 until
May 1945. He would always share the terrifying story about the time he
was stationed at Pearl Harbor while in the US Navy. The day his ship
(USS Ommaney Bay) was bombed, he had to jump six floors off the ship
into the Ocean while helping others to safety. Ommaney Bay received two
battle stars for WWII service.
After the Navy, he completed
business school and became heavily involved in the Ashrae organization,
becoming a Manufacturers Representative of major HVAC product lines in
plumbing, heating, and ventilation
Bill then relocated to Golden
Valley, Minnesota, and continued as a Representative throughout the
Midwest for over 50 years.
Bill was an avid ballroom dancer, and
his love for dancing showed while on the floor as everyone admired his
enthusiasm. He frequently attended various dances whenever he could
while home and traveling. His love for cars was also admired as he
always drove the latest and best in cars, including some popular sport
models. Bill enjoyed downhill skiing and traveling out West. He also
found time to spend time with his sister, Ida Manko, while vacationing
in Iron Mountain during the summer months.
Bill is survived by
his loving nephews, Jim (Linda) Manko, of Colgate, Wisconsin, and Bill
(Irene) Manko, of Iron Mountain, along with four great-nieces and
nephews, a step-daughter, Monette Mayo of Seattle, and close friends in
the Minneapolis area.
Bill's two children, Gina and Edward,
preceded him in death.
A celebration of life will be held next
summer to honor and celebrate Bill's life. He will be laid to rest in
Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain, next to his sister, mother and father.
A special thank you to the Staff at Evergreen Heights Assisted
Living for his care. A special thank you to the V.A. Hospital and
You may leave a condolence or tribute for Bill's family
The family has chosen the Jacobs
Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain to honor Bill's
legacy of life.