Donald “Don” Wesley Gramlich, 82, a resident of Blue Springs, MO passed away peacefully from esophageal cancer Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born February 2, 1940 to Leonard and Charlotte (Ellewanger) Gramlich in East St. Louis, IL. The youngest of 4 boys.
Don graduated in 1958 from William Chrisman High School in Independence, MO. He met Janell Ewing on a blind date that was set up by friends. They were united in marriage on August 12, 1962 at Waldo Ave Baptist Church in Independence, MO. Don worked for General Motors for 30 years before his retirement in May of 1991. Following his retirement from General Motors, Don worked for Dr. Vinyl Inc. for 17 years retiring in June of 2008. He was a member of Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs. Don touched many lives in his 82 years here on earth. Through church, work, and Boy Scout Troop 282. He was an Eagle Scout, and received his Warrior “Big Golden Image” in 1977 in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Don passed his love for scouting to his children, grandchildren, and now his great-granddaughter. He loved to cook, nothing fancy but it was always wonderful. While his daughter, Sarah was in Lutheran High School, Don came up with the perfect chili recipe that is still used today in school and in scouts. He and his friend Ken Wagner took classes in Chinese cooking and friends and family often got together for one of their famous meals. Don worked many football and baseball games earning money for Messiah Lutheran Grade School and High School and Scout Troop 282. He loved traveling in their motor home and going on ocean cruises with Janell, visiting many of the Caribbean Islands. Don was a giver, if you ever needed help he was the one to ask especially his “girlfriends”. He enjoyed square dancing and playing cards. Don was very protective of his loved ones both family and friends.
Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Janell Gramlich of Blue Springs, MO; son, Philip Gramlich and his wife Tammy of Blue Springs, MO; grandchildren, Christopher “Chris” Gramlich, Nicole Gramlich Luther, Matthew Pierce; great-granddaughter, Liliana “Lili” Luther. Waiting for him in Heaven are his parents; daughter, Sarah B. Pierce; siblings, Russ Gramlich, Ed Gramlich, Jerry Gramlich, and many friends and other family members.
The family will receive friends and family from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 N.W. RD Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO. Memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Timothy Lutheran Church Senior Pairs and Spairs group or Timothy Lutheran Church grade school. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of Donald and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.