Floyd Daryl Grau, 82, of Bucyrus, died peacefully at home in his recliner on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
He was born on April 20, 1938, in Bucyrus to the late William and Pearl (Roesch) Grau. Floyd grew up on family farms and helped with farming duties until lining up a position at Ohio Locomotive Crane Company, where he would work for the next 23 years. In 1976, he took a position with the City of Bucyrus working in the water department until his retirement in 1996.
Floyd was proud of his years spent in the Army National Guard and also his years spent as an auxiliary police officer with Bucyrus PD. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, serving on Consistory as a deacon and a church elder. He was also a member of the American Legion and very active with the Crawford County Antique Farm Machinery Association.
Floyd had a great love for tractors, and John Deere was his favorite. Much of his days were spent working on, rebuilding, and even modifying them as he was mechanically gifted in that way. There were several fishing trips to Lake Erie. He was always up for shooting the breeze with friends. He did some small game hunting and will certainly be remembered for his customized and handmade apple cider press which helped him provide homemade apple cider to customers and friends. He cut a lot of wood with his neighbors, enjoyed playing euchre with his wife Bonnie, and for relaxation, he loved sitting in his recliner watching RFD TV.
In addition to Bonnie Grimm Grau, his wife of 31 years, Floyd is survived by three children, Kristine Watts, Tamara Spiegel, and Daryl Grau; two stepchildren, Sharon (Michael) Bass and Robert Rose Jr.; six grandchildren and six step-grandchildren; as well as many neighbors and friends. Floyd was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of their three children, Bonnie M. Rowland Grau; sister, Dorothy Wilson, and a son-in-law, Fred Spiegel.
Floyd’s wishes were to be cremated with no services. His ashes will be interred at Iberia Cemetery at a later date. Donations can be made payable to St. John’s United Church of Christ, 120 S. Lane Street, Bucyrus, or a charity of the donor’s choice. These gifts will be accepted through Wise Funeral Service. Memories are encouraged to be shared on his tribute page at www.wisefuneral.com.